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After Expulsion1492 and the Making of Sephardic Jewry$
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Jonathan S. Ray

Print publication date: 2013

Print ISBN-13: 9780814729113

Published to NYU Press Scholarship Online: March 2016

DOI: 10.18574/nyu/9780814729113.001.0001

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Medieval Inheritance

Medieval Inheritance

(p.11) 1 Medieval Inheritance
After Expulsion

Jonathan Ray

NYU Press

This chapter explores the roots of the Sephardic Diaspora, particularly the amorphous structure of the Jewish community (aljama). Hispano-Jewish society was characterized by a loose association of local polities that were themselves divided by internal fissures among various factions and families. These tensions and mutual suspicions also pervaded the relationships among the rabbinic elite, popular preachers, and the general Jewish populace that both groups sought to guide. Although various factions sought leadership over Iberia's Jewish communities throughout the late medieval period, no single group emerged as the primary authority. Recognition of this internal complexity of the medieval Iberian aljama emphasizes that the reorganization of communal life in the Sephardic Diaspora was not the product of a natural solidarity inherited from the Middle Ages, and allows a greater appreciation of the individuality and effective pragmatism of the exiles.

Keywords:   Sephardic Diaspora, Jewish community, Hispano-Jewish society, Iberian aljama, exiles

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