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ABSTRACT: This paper seeks to contribute to one of the more unresolved questions in early Islamic history, namely the social ties of converts to Islam with their former coreligionists. Not only did these ties pose a challenge to confessional leaders in their struggle to curve the tide of...
ABSTRACT: Joseph Albo’s sole surviving responsum reflects the interplay of philosophy and halakha in the late medieval era. Albo demonstrates innovation as he uses broader theological concepts, such as human free will, to impact his halakhic ruling. The article explores the reasoning behind...
ABSTRACT: A survey of textual sources relating to Jewish eating habits in pre-modern Italy should also include a composition penned by the Venetian rabbi Leon Modena (1571-1648). Written on the occasion of the wedding of an affluent member of the Venetian community, the text humorously depicts,...
ABSTRACT: Nathan Glazer’s 1957 semi-popular book, American Judaism, was unprecedented in its academic and unapologetic approach to its topic. Even more noteworthy was Glazer’s perspective on the future of Jews and religion in America. While Glazer did not foretell the end of Jews in America, his...
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