In an environment in which the Jewish communal leadership involved the ducal administration and its courts to resolve internal questions such as taxation, it is not surprising that individual Jews turned to the non-Jewish authorities to help them in their claims against their own community. In the early seventeenth century, Rabbi Joseph Trani wrote that he had written to the Jews of Candia complaining that a creditor who was a leader of the Jewish community there had seized houses from a Jewish debtor against the law of the Torah. The creditor justified his act by saying that this was the custom of the local non-Jews. [...]according to Trani, local rabbis had vindicated the practice to follow the non-Jewish courts in this matter through interpretations of Jewish legal authorities (poskim).
|Original language||English GB|
|Number of pages||3|
|State||Published - 2020|
- Divorce ; Jews ; Jewish life & ethics ; Judaic studies ; Books ; Clergy ; Jewish law