When Christianity was demonstrating its pride in the three imperial cathedrals of Speyer, Mainz and Worms, the Jews created their own pre-eminent communities in these particular cities. These communities extended intellectually and culturally far beyond their immediate geographical setting. They used their power and authority to enforce the rulings of the Talmud, and also their own ordinances and regulations, becoming an impressive force that gave unity, solidarity, dignity and power to the Jews of medieval Germany.
In English I Sunday I Jan. 9 I 8pm (1pm EST)
This series will take us to strong and vibrant Jewish communities in the medieval period in Ashkenaz (Germany), Sicily and England. Each lecture comprises a detailed look at the history of these communities, their prominent members and scholars, how they functioned, their defining characteristics, and any visual remains of their presence still extant in these places.