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New information about the economic and religious lives of medieval Jewish women.
An Italian Jew records his impressions of Cairo and its Jews in the late fifteenth century.
Historical events and the development of mysticism leave their mark on this festival.
Magic & the Supernatural
Suspicion of Jewish magic was behind the medieval accusation of child murder.
In medieval Europe, Jews suffered on account of popular beliefs about Jewish sorcery--and yet their non-Jewish neighbors also tried to benefit from Jewish magic.
Sages & Scholars
Talmud scholar, Kabbalist and longtime chief rabbi of Egypt.
A master Torah commentator who foreshadowed biblical criticism
The most widely read Jewish Bible commentator, he also wrote a running commentary to the Babylonian Talmud.
A Sephardic Jew records his impression of the city and its Jewish inhabitants in the twelfth century.