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By Salo Wittmayer Baron

Original yr of publication: 1942

Preface
Jewish communal historical past through the millennia of diaspora existence has lengthy been the topic of substantial scholarly recognition. the ecu neighborhood of the pre-Emancipation period, particularly, has for many years attracted smooth investigators through its a variety of outstanding positive factors. Its striking mixture of non secular and secular authority, its nearly “extraterritorial” prestige and “sovereign” political powers and its overwhelming keep watch over over its contributors have flattered the political goals of nationally minded sleek Jews, yet antagonized many reformers and anti-segregationists. Philo-Sémites and anti-Semites one of the non-Jews, too, have frequently held sure reviews in regards to the “ghetto” neighborhood. Like their Jewish confreres, even if, they, too, have usually substituted one or one other bias for trustworthy info and sound reasoning. it's was hoping that this primary try out at a finished old and sociological research of the full communal evolution to the Emancipation period might help to advertise readability, if no longer unanimity of appraisal.

Apart from the standard embarrassment in defining the hugely ambiguous time period “community” — it's used right here within the winning, organizational experience that is even narrower than that of the German Gemeinde — scholars of communal elements of Jewish historical past are beset through opposing problems: an severe dearth of fabric for convinced components and sessions and a plethora of extant info on different areas and epochs. sleek literature at the topic, too, is erratically disbursed and masses repetition in a single box is annoyed by means of approximately overall silence in others. the current writer has made an attempt to keep up the relative proportions of some of the stages of his ramified subject despite this quantitative disparity. within the use of the giant and demanding literature of rabbinic responsa, for instance, he has been guided largely by way of the significance of the nations or centuries in their provenance. consultant samples from diversified parts and sessions have been thought of extra promising than mere focus on works of some remarkable masters, although nice a power the latter can have wielded at the next evolution of Jewish law.

The concentration of this whole paintings is headquartered at the ecu group of the center a while and early smooth occasions, either as a result of the nice richness and diversity of its historical accomplishments and, genetically, due to its intimate linkage to Jewish neighborhood lifestyles through the global this day. even as its deep moorings within the old and contemporaneous japanese groups have come to the fore ever extra insistently. actually, whereas attempting to notice the hidden springs of this phenomenally tenacious evolution, the author came across himself delving deeper and deeper not just into the imprecise nation-states of the 1st Exile and the Persian and Hellenistic dispersion, but additionally into the early manifestations of old Palestinian municipal lifestyles. Many quite unforeseen relationships have laid naked probably the most autochthonous roots of the diaspora neighborhood securely ensconced within the ever fertile soil of historical Israel. it's been discovered priceless, accordingly, to commit the 1st chapters to a basic define of either the fashionable foreground and the traditional heritage of the neighborhood in dispersion in its striking historical occupation from the Babylonian Exile to the yank and French Revolutions.

About the Author

Salo W. Baron, who used to be a rabbi, educator, and editor, was once esteemed as a Jewish historian. A prolific author, Baron used to be top recognized for his eighteen-volume paintings A Social and spiritual historical past of the Jews. He used to be ordained a rabbi in 1920 and acquired doctoral levels in philosophy, political technological know-how, and legislation from the college of Vienna. He later served as a professor of Jewish heritage and literature at Columbia college for thirty-three years. As a student, Baron is credited with broadening and modernizing the historical view of the Jewish adventure. moreover, he supplied testimony for the prosecution on the trial of Nazi authentic Adolf Eichmann. Baron additionally edited Jewish Social reports and the sequence "A Documentary background of yankee Jews."

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Preface
Jewish communal historical past in the course of the millennia of diaspora existence has lengthy been the topic of substantial scholarly consciousness. the ecu group of the pre-Emancipation period, particularly, has for many years attracted sleek investigators via its quite a few impressive positive factors. Its impressive blend of spiritual and secular authority, its nearly “extraterritorial” prestige and “sovereign” political powers and its overwhelming keep watch over over its contributors have flattered the political objectives of nationally minded glossy Jews, yet antagonized many reformers and anti-segregationists. Philo-Sémites and anti-Semites one of the non-Jews, too, have frequently held certain reviews in regards to the “ghetto” neighborhood. Like their Jewish confreres, besides the fact that, they, too, have often substituted one or one other bias for trustworthy details and sound reasoning. it truly is was hoping that this primary try at a entire old and sociological research of the total communal evolution to the Emancipation period may also help to advertise readability, if now not unanimity of appraisal.

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A few country-wide public gatherings have been recorded in which all adult Israelites present, rich or poor, learned or illiterate, patrician or plebeian, participated in the election of a new king and in the adoption of new basic laws. If these provide a clue, we may surely assume that in major local decisions the entire town citizenry was directly consulted. The most important regular function of both council and popular assembly was the administration of justice. Ludwig Köhler has argued plausibly that the ancient Israelitic courts were for the most part of the type of the modern Swiss Gassengerichte — a survival of the early Teuton Landteidinge.

Adults and children alike spent most of their free time on the flat housetops in sight and speaking distance of neighbors, lingering on the narrow, crooked streets or congregating at the city gates. 8)—and for visiting merchants and travelers. They generally resembled in function the market place of a medieval town or the Main Street of an American hamlet. There the Israelites transacted business, adjudicated quarrels, debated public and private issues, proclaimed ordinances, “rehearsed the righteous acts of the Lord” (Judg.

Certainly the three relatively small sanctuaries could not accomodate the hundreds of thousands of adult males of the two kingdoms. Probably many of them never saw a central sanctuary. At least until the Deuteronomic centralization of the Temple cult the local town-sanctuary supplied for everybody all the necessary opportunities for both sacrificial and liturgical worship. It was also the function of THE PALESTINIAN MUNICIPALITY 41 the local priesthood to provide necessary guidance for public and private religious conduct.

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