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In the first book-length study of Takkanot Kandiyah, Martin Borýsek analyses this fascinating corpus of Hebrew texts written between 1228 –1583 by the leaders of the Jewish community in Candia, the capital of Venetian Crete. Collected in the 16th century by the Cretan Jewish historian Elijah Capsali, the communal byelaws offer a unique perspective on the history of a vibrant, culturally diverse Jewish community during three centuries of Venetian rule. As well as confronting practical problems such as deciding whether Christian wine can be made kosher by adding honey, or stopping irresponsible Jewish youths disturbing religious services by setting off fireworks in the synagogue, Takkanot Kandiyah presents valuable material for the study of communal autonomy and institutional memory in pre-modern Jewish society.
Tractate against the Midianites and Ishmaelites
This is the first English translation of one of the most important treatises written during the late-Middle Ages in defense of converts from Judaism, favoring religious tolerance in the face of religious and racially motivated prejudice and violence. The book also includes a fresh Latin edition, drawing on all known manuscripts. The text was written in response to the actions of the "Old Christians" of Toledo against the "New Christians", also called conversos, in 1449. A letter of Pope Nicholas V favouring the converts is included.
The mission of this series is to support scholarship in diverse fields under the umbrella of the creative arts. With particular interest in theater, music, film and visual culture, this series seeks to publish cutting edge cultural history that contextualize these growing areas of scholarship within the larger tapestry of the Jewish experience.


The testament of Kale (in religion Maria), written in the year 1098 and transmitted by copy in the archive of Iviron Monastery on Mount Athos, constitutes one of the most remarkable documents of the Moyen Âge grec. While its contents have hitherto been analyzed through the lens of economic and rural history, her will contains exhaustive commemorative prescriptions which shed light on how Byzantine founders sought to preserve their memory. The present contribution examines this testament, along with related documents, as a remarkable expression of Maria’s concern for the salvation of her soul, and that of her spouse, which she sought to realize through memorial services, charitable distributions and commemorative feasting. The testament makes clear that Maria pursued various commemorative strategies to perpetuate her own memory and that of her deceased husband: to this end, she incentivized several groups of people with bequests to pray for her after her death. A complete translation of the testament into English is offered along with an annotated commentary in an appendix.

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In: Endowment Studies
Editors: Professor Geoffrey Khan (University of Cambridge), Dr. Ben Outhwaite (University of Cambridge), Dr. Michael Rand (University of Cambridge), and Dr. Eve Krakowski (Princeton Univeristy).

The Taylor-Schechter Genizah Collection at Cambridge University Library is the largest single collection of medieval Hebrew and Arabic manuscripts in the world and by far the most important archive of medieval Mediterranean primary source material. As well as being an unparalleled resource for the study of Jewish religious literature, the Collection has also had a momentous impact on many other areas of research, including the history, language and literature of medieval Jews and Arabs within the wider historical and cultural context of the medieval Mediterranean and Near East. Cambridge Genizah Studies, a subseries of Études sur le judaïsme medieval, publishes the very latest research on this archive and other Genizah collections worldwide, covering historical, linguistic, literary, and religious studies.
From Europe and America to the Middle East, North Africa and other non-European Jewish settlement areas, the Encyclopedia of Jewish History and Culture covers the recent history of the Jewish people from 1750 through the 1950s. Originally published in German as the Enzyklopädie jüdischer Geschichte und Kultur by J.B. Metzler Verlag (Stuttgart/Weimar) in 2011 the work includes approximately 800 entries that present the state of international research and reveal a complex portrait of Jewish life — illuminated by many maps and illustrations. Central themes convey information on topics such as autonomy, exile, emancipation, literature, liturgy, music, and science of Judaism. The encyclopedia provides knowledge in an overall context and offers academics and other interested readers new insights into Jewish history and culture. The work is an outstanding contribution to the understanding of Judaism and modernity.

The first volume of the English edition will appear in 2017 with subsequent volumes following in due course. The volumes may be purchased individually as they appear or as a set once all 7 are available. Both the German and the English editions will also be available online.
Free Ebrei (Free Jews) is an interdisciplinary peer-reviewed academic yearbook devoted to the study and the comprehension of Jewish identity through a historical, literary, political, economical, artistic and human perspective. It particularly focuses on contemporary age, even if deeper roots of long-term philosophical and political problems will be taken into account. The mission of the yearbook is to spread and defend the idea of freedom of expression above any political and historical contingency. Free Ebrei is dedicated to the promotion of Jewish contemporary identity through the publication of reviews, articles, interviews and documents. Free Ebrei is a yearbook open to the collaboration of all those (scholars and independent researchers) who recognize themselves in the need to defend and assert the freedom of expression in a thorny and politically incorrect issue. At the centre of its attention there are human beings in their irreducible complexity.

Every issue will be constructed along a leitmotiv, even if the yearbook also accepts contributions on its themes.

Free Ebrei is intended to deepen the key aspects of Jewish contemporary identity and can grasp the attention of scholars, students and libraries all over the world who are interested in politics, literature and culture. The authors of our yearbook will be young and junior scholars who are going to begin an academic, publicist, or teaching career. A key role will be played by the senior researchers.
The Library of Contemporary Jewish Philosophers showcases outstanding Jewish thinkers who have made lasting contributions to constructive Jewish philosophy in the second half of the 20th century. Each volume is devoted to one particular thinker and is meant to show the thinker’s relationship to the Jewish philosophical past and to contemporary Jewish existence. Each volume follows the same structure: an overview essay, several seminal essays by the philosopher, an interview with the editors, and a select bibliography of 120 items. Together the volumes in the Library of Contemporary Jewish Philosophers will feature the diversity and vitality of contemporary Jewish philosophy, will stimulate discussion on Jewish philosophical response to contemporary challenges, and will chart new paths for Jewish philosophy in the 21st century.

Available in print and electronically, the books in the Library of Contemporary Jewish Philosophers will be ideal for use in diverse educational settings (e.g., college-level courses, rabbinic seminaries, adult Jewish learning, and interreligious dialogue).

The series Library of Contemporary Jewish Philosophers is generously supported by the Baron Foundation.

The series is complete with the publication of Volume 21.

The Open Jerusalem Book Series at Brill will be dedicated to discovering, revealing and connecting different archives and sources in order to investigate the ordinary, entangled history of a global city through the lens of the concept of urban citizenship (citadinité). Citadinité is for a city what nationality is for a country and materializes itself in institutions, actors and practices. The project provides a bottom–up history of Jerusalem, a perspective that has been neglected by historians of the city, who have been generally preoccupied with ideological and geostrategic issues. This history is also a connected one because, within a complex documentary archipelago, the researchers seek points of contact revealing the exchanges, interactions, conflicts and, at times, hybridizations between different populations and traditions. The Series will go even beyond the chronological limits of the project. Its ambition is to cover Jerusalem’s history during the entire 19th and 20th centuries. The Series will publish important original monographs and translated texts, which will be the outcome of extensive research at the different archives of Jerusalem. These works will not be published only in the traditional print form but also in Open Access, in full or in part, in order to comply with the ERC guidelines for dissemination of research results.

Vincent Lemire is Associate Professor at Gustave Eiffel University and Director at the French Research Centre in Jerusalem and Angelos Dalachanis is Researcher at the French National Center for Scientific Research (CNRS), Institute of Early Modern and Modern History (IHMC-UMR8066).
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In: Journal of Ancient Judaism