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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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Four Kinds of Weeping: Saul Levi Morteira’s Application of Biblical Narrative to Contemporary Events

Four Kinds of Weeping: Saul Levi Morteira’s Application of Biblical Narrative to Contemporary Events

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(p.221) Chapter Nine Four Kinds of Weeping: Saul Levi Morteira’s Application of Biblical Narrative to Contemporary Events
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Leadership and Conflict
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Marc Saperstein

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Liverpool University Press
DOI:10.3828/liverpool/9781906764494.003.0010

This chapter returns to Rabbi Saul Levi Morteira of Amsterdam and follows a single sermon as he adapted it some years after its original delivery. This contains explicit reference to catastrophic events that had befallen Jewish communities far away — in Lublin to the east and Recife to the west — and also a plague that had just decimated the population in Amsterdam though sparing most of its Jewish inhabitants. The body of the sermon makes a generalization about the occasions for weeping in the Bible. The same words may be used — ‘weeping’, ‘tears’ — but the significance of the words varies dramatically. Morteira affirmed that there are four different reasons for, or functions of, ‘tears that fall from the eyes’, and he provided a paradigmatic example of each.

Keywords:   Saul Levi Morteira, Dutch Jewry, biblical narrative, contemporary events, Amsterdam, weeping, sermons

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