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A Chosen Few: The Resurrection of European Jewry by Mark Kurlansky

By Mark Kurlansky

A strong, DEEPLY relocating NARRATIVE OF desire REBORN
IN THE SHADOW OF DESPAIR

Fifty years after it used to be bombed to rubble, Berlin is once more a urban within which Jews assemble for the Passover seder. Paris and Antwerp have lately emerged as vital new facilities of Jewish tradition. Small yet proud Jewish groups are revitalizing the traditional facilities of Budapest, Prague, and Amsterdam. those courageous, made up our minds Jewish women and men have selected to settle–or remain–in Europe after the devastation of the Holocaust, yet they've got paid a cost. one of the unforeseen risks, they've got needed to focus on an alarming resurgence of Nazism in Europe, the unfold of Arab terrorism, and the influence of the Jewish country on eu life.

Delving into the intimate tales of eu Jews from all walks of lifestyles, Kurlansky weaves jointly a shiny tapestry of people maintaining their traditions, and flourishing, within the shadow of background. An inspiring tale of a tenacious those who have rebuilt their lives within the face of incomprehensible horror, A selected Few is a testomony to cultural survival and a party of the deep bonds that undergo among Jews and eu civilization.

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5. A na'arah who [vowed and then] came of age and whose father has died. 6. A na'arah [who vowed and] who has not yet come of age and whose father has died. 7. A na'arah [who vowed and] whose father [then] died and who came of age after he died. 8. A woman of full age [who vowed and] whose father is [still] alive. 9. A na'arah [who vowed and] who has come of age and whose father is [still] alive. CHATTEL OR PERSON? 38 B. And R. Judah rules [that this list includes] also [the case in which a man] married off his infant daughter [under twelve] and she was widowed or divorced and returned to his domain and is still a nacarah.

When, by contrast, no man has a legal claim on a woman's sexuality, the system always treats her as a person, both in sex-related and other matters. ": Which man owns the biological function of the woman at hand? For it is he who ultimately controls her life to a greater or lesser degree. Only when no such man exists does the woman control her own personal life. Second, the differential treatment of women just cited refers only to transactions in the domain of private law, which defines the limits of women's participation in mishnaic society.

The girlchild (qetannah), like the minor boy under thirteen (qatan), is considered a legal infant. Neither is bound by the laws of the Torah, so they cannot be punished for transgressions. Both lack legal capacity: For instance, neither can make a contract. But when it comes to religious vows, the sages consider whether a child close to maturity may have sufficient intelligence to understand the meaning of a vow. They prescribe a test that makes an interesting distinction between boys and girls.

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