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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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Jewish Leadership in the Generation of Expulsion

Jewish Leadership in the Generation of Expulsion

(p.179) Chapter Seven Jewish Leadership in the Generation of Expulsion
Leadership and Conflict

Marc Saperstein

Liverpool University Press

This chapter explores and challenges the basis for modern criticism against Jewish leaders in the Middle Ages. It then reviews the work of one of the most important rabbinic figures in that perilous time, Rabbi Isaac Aboab, focusing especially on the texts of his sermons. Aboab left Spain for Portugal in the summer of 1492 and died less than a year later. Aboab's stature as one of the most important talmudists of his generation is attested by many. There is clear evidence that Aboab took preaching seriously, reflecting on the techniques and conventions of the art, occasionally preaching twice on the same sabbath (at Shaharit and Minhah services), delivering wedding sermons and eulogies as well as the expected sermons for Shabat Hagadol and Shabat Shuvah (the sabbaths immediately preceding Passover and Yom Kippur, respectively).

Keywords:   Jewish leadership, intellectual mediocrity, Isaac Aboab, Jewish preaching, sermons, modern criticisms

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