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In: Der Neue Pauly Online
In: "Genizat Germania" - Hebrew and Aramaic Binding Fragments from Germany in Context
In: Zutot


Ms Bernkastel-Kues 313 is a liturgical collection from the French tradition, containing piyyutim for the festivals and a collection of occasional piyyutim. Half of the poems in this collection are Sephardic, attesting the importance this tradition gained in French and Ashkenazic liturgy. In addition to well known authors like Judah ha-Levi and Abraham Ibn Ezra, also less known Sephardic authors are present in the collection, next to piyyutim by known and less known French and three Ashkenazic piyyutim. The most prominent genre present in the collection is ofanim, where Sephardic influence is visible in all compositions. Structural changes to some piyyutim attest to the local performance that included community participation. The majority presence of Sefardi poetry in the quntras ha-piyyutim in Kues 313 offers one example among many of cultural contact among medieval European Jewish communities. The multi-faceted process of importing cultural objects, adapting them for use within a group’s own cultural portfolio, and mixing them freely into established rites and rituals was an inherent aspect of the development of Jewish cultural development in medieval Europe. An appendix contains edition of two compositions from this collection.

In: 'His Pen and Ink Are a Powerful Mirror'