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Regional Identities and Cultures of Medieval Jews$
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Javier Castaño, Talya Fishman, and Ephraim Kanarfogel

Print publication date: 2018

Print ISBN-13: 9781906764678

Published to Liverpool Scholarship Online: February 2021

DOI: 10.3828/liverpool/9781906764678.001.0001

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Minhag and Migration: Yiddish Custom Books from Sixteenth-Century Italy

Minhag and Migration: Yiddish Custom Books from Sixteenth-Century Italy

(p.241) Chapter Eleven Minhag and Migration: Yiddish Custom Books from Sixteenth-Century Italy
Regional Identities and Cultures of Medieval Jews
Lucia Raspe
Liverpool University Press

This chapter recounts the migration of German Jews to Italy that can be traced to the final decades of the fourteenth century. It explains how the Jews were expelled from almost all of the German cities and many principalities and came to a close with the warfare that ravaged northern Italy in the early 1500s. It also describes the Ashkenazi Jews who became a presence in numerous places that had not had a Jewish settlement, before settling at first in the towns and hamlets of the Friuli and the Venetian mainland, then moving on towards the Po valley. The chapter talks about the southward migration of Ashkenazi Jews that converged with a wave of indigenous Italian Jews moving north from Rome. It cites the ghettoization in the sixteenth century in Venice that forced Jews of all backgrounds into close proximity with one another.

Keywords:   German Jews, Ashkenazi Jews, Jewish settlement, Italian Jews, ghettoization, Jewish migration

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