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Leadership and ConflictTensions in Medieval and Early Modern Jewish History and Culture$
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Marc Saperstein

Print publication date: 2014

Print ISBN-13: 9781906764494

Published to Liverpool Scholarship Online: February 2021

DOI: 10.3828/liverpool/9781906764494.001.0001

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The Preaching of Repentance and the Reforms in Toledo, 1281

The Preaching of Repentance and the Reforms in Toledo, 1281

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(p.13) Chapter One The Preaching of Repentance and the Reforms in Toledo, 1281
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Leadership and Conflict
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Marc Saperstein

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Liverpool University Press
DOI:10.3828/liverpool/9781906764494.003.0002

This chapter takes a look at the 1281 sermon of Abulafia. Abulafia was apparently one of the few Jews with standing in the court of Alfonso X of Castile who emerged unscathed — a model of traditional, rabbinic leadership blended with prestige in the political realm, and possibly still holding an official position of authority from the Crown. With the Jewish community of Toledo turning towards introspection, Abulafia was a natural figure to provide guidance. The contents of his sermon can be divided into three categories. The first is the condemnation of astrology. Next is the identification of sins. The third category consisted of specific institutional reforms.

Keywords:   Abulafia, Toledo, Toledo Jewry, Alfonso X, astrology, sins, institutional reforms, repentance

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