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By Heiko Haumann

ISBN-10: 9639241377

ISBN-13: 9789639241374

The origins and lifetime of East eu Jewry took on new ancient and political significance after the Holocaust. In Poland on my own ninety nine consistent with cent of Polish Jews 3 million in all have been killed; Yiddish as a spoken language kind of disappeared. This quantity offers a historical past of East ecu Jewry from its beginnings to the interval after the Holocaust. It offers an outline of the demographic, political, socioeconomic, non secular and cultural stipulations of Jewish groups in Poland, Russia, Bohemia and Moravia.Interesting issues comprise the tale of early settlers, the 'Golden Age', the impact of the Kabbalah and Hasidism. vibrant snap shots of Jewish relatives lifestyles and spiritual customs make the publication relaxing to learn.

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The credit system was linked to trade for the purpose of securing financing. As money transactions increased this business became more and more important. Jewish lenders were centered in the economic focal points of Cracow, Poznan, and Kalisz, and 18 A HISTORY OF EAST EUROPEAN JEWS only gradually penetrated the economically less developed regions. Not only did the king and the higher nobility profit from the skills of Jewish bankers, but also small merchants and craftsmen needed credit in order to open shops and workshops, while farmers often had to bridge the gap until the next harvest.

As a result, he is not under the authority of the Torah and he can do what is forbidden. Even the renunciation of religious faith, apostasy, forms part of the process of redemption. In Poland, this teaching spread quickly. It seems that many Jews felt that this doctrine was tailor-made for the situation in which they found themselves, while orthodox Judaism could no longer furnish convincing, comprehensive answers to the events and problems of the time. The Shabtaian movement has a number of complex features: mystical hopes related to justifications of a sinful way of life; and, at the same time, a breaking away from traditional teachings and methods—such as pilpul—which also opened up the way to enlightened thinking.

Care of orphan boys, including their food and clothing, was distributed among the community. Those boys who through God's mercy are gifted with understanding and whose education would be advantageous shall be sent to school for the purpose of learning Torah. Those boys whose understanding 22 A HISTORY OF EAST EUROPEAN JEWS would not suffice for study of Torah shall be employed as servants or set to learn a craft. Every effort should be made to ensure that they do not devote themselves to idleness.

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