Lauer, Rena. Colonial Justice and the Jews of Venetian Crete. Philadelphia: University of Pennsylvania Press: [Review]

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Abstract

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 languageEnglish GB
Pages (from-to)435-437
Number of pages3
JournalAJS Review
Volume44
Issue number2
DOIs
StatePublished - 2020

Keywords

  • Divorce ; Jews ; Jewish life & ethics ; Judaic studies ; Books ; Clergy ; Jewish law

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