Publications

2019
Ask the Midwives: A Hebrew Manual on Midwifery from Medieval Germany
Elisheva Baumgarten. 6/2019. “Ask the Midwives: A Hebrew Manual on Midwifery from Medieval Germany.” Social History of Medicine. Publisher's Version
Chidushim, Studies in the History of German and Central European Jewry Volume 21, 2019
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Furnishing Piety: Beds in High Medieval Jewish Domestic Devotion
Albert Kohn. 2019. “Furnishing Piety: Beds in High Medieval Jewish Domestic Devotion.” Religions, 10, 8, Pp. 471.
Book Review: Ephraim Shoham-Stainer, ed. Intricate Interfaith Networks in the Middle Ages: Quotidian Jewish-Christian Contacts
PDF icon Nureet Dermer Book Review Intricate Interfaith Networks in the Middle Ages.pdf
Book Review: Eve Krakowski, Coming of Age in Medieval Egypt
Etelle Kalaora. 2019. “Book Review: Eve Krakowski, Coming of Age in Medieval Egypt.” Chidushim, 21, Pp. 183-191.
PDF icon Etelle Kalaora Book Review Coming of Age in Medieval Egypt.pdf
Book Review: Javier Castaño, Talya Fishman, and Ephraim Kanarfogel, eds. Regional Identities and Cultures of Medieval Jews
PDF icon Miri Fenton Book Review Regional Identities and Cultures of Medieval Jews.pdf
Book Review: Julie L. Mell, The Myth of the Medieval Jewish Moneylender
Aviya Doron. 2019. “Book Review: Julie L. Mell, The Myth of the Medieval Jewish Moneylender.” Chidushim, 21, Pp. 144-153.
PDF icon Aviya Doron Book Review The Myth of the Medieval Jewish Moneylender.pdf
Book Review: Tali Miriam Brener, In Their Own Way: Children and Childhood in Early Modern Ashkenaz
PDF icon Adi Namia-Cohen Book Review Children and Childhood in Early Modern Ashkenaz.pdf
The Crown of Mrs. Zemah, Daughter of Rabbi Aaron: Conceptions of Royalty, Status, and Chastity among Ashkenazi Brides during the Middle Ages
PDF icon Ido Noy Conceptions of Royalty, Status, and Chstity among Ashkenazi Brides during the Middle Ages.pdf
The Investigation of the Jews of Savoy on Suspicion of Poisoning Wells: A Reappraisal
Tzafrir Barzilay. 2019. “The Investigation of the Jews of Savoy on Suspicion of Poisoning Wells: A Reappraisal.” Chidushim, 21, Pp. 114-143.
PDF icon Tzafrir Barzilay The Investigation of the Jews of Savoy on Suspicion of Poisoning Wells.pdf
Jewish Daily Life in Medieval Europe
Elisheva Baumgarten. 2019. “Jewish Daily Life in Medieval Europe.” Chidushim, 21, Pp. 5-13.
PDF icon Elisheva Baumgarten Jewish Daily Life.pdf
"So that a Person Sees Himself as if he was Created that Very Same Hour": On the Ritual Immersion of Men, Utensils, and the General Public in Medieval German Mikvehs
PDF icon Neta Bodner and Ariella Lehmann On the Ritual Immersion of Men, Utensils and the General Public in Medieval German Mikvehs.pdf
"Those Who Grow their Forelocks and Wear the Clothes of a Knight": Young Jewish Men in Medieval Germany, between Rabbinical Masculinity and Chivalric Masculinity
PDF icon Eyal Levinson Young Jewish Men in Medieval Germany.pdf
2018
Appropriation and Differentiation: Jewish Identity in Medieval Ashkenaz
Elisheva Baumgarten. 2018. “Appropriation and Differentiation: Jewish Identity in Medieval Ashkenaz.” AJS Review, 42, Pp. 1-25.
Four mothers in three stories from medieval Northern France
Elisheva Baumgarten. 2018. “Four mothers in three stories from medieval Northern France.” Zmanim, 139, Pp. 70-77.
Like Adam and Eve’: Biblical Models and Jewish Daily Life in Medieval Christian Europe
Elisheva Baumgarten. 2018. “Like Adam and Eve’: Biblical Models and Jewish Daily Life in Medieval Christian Europe.” Irish Theological Quarterly , 82, Pp. 44-61.
The Medieval European Jewish Family in Context
Elisheva Baumgarten. 2018. “The Medieval European Jewish Family in Context.” In Cambridge Medieval Jewish History, Pp. 440-464. Cambridge University Press.
Medieval Jewish Life Cycle and Annual Cycle Rituals in Christian Europe
Elisheva Baumgarten. 2018. “Medieval Jewish Life Cycle and Annual Cycle Rituals in Christian Europe.” In Cambridge Medieval Jewish History, Pp. 416-439. Cambridge University Press.
Praying separately? Gender in medieval Ashkenazi Synagogues (thirteenth-fourteenth centuries)
Elisheva Baumgarten. 2018. “Praying separately? Gender in medieval Ashkenazi Synagogues (thirteenth-fourteenth centuries).” Clio. Women, Gender, History, 44, Pp. 43-62. Abstract

This article explores the place and religious activities of medieval Jewish women in northern France and especially in Germany during the High Middle Ages. The centrality of the synagogue in Jewish life in medieval Ashkenazi communities invites a reassessment of the role of women in the synagogue and of their ritual participation more generally. The article is based on four exemplary case studies, the first of which relates to Dolce, the famous wife of the German rabbi R. Eleazar b. Judah. The article then addresses the question of women’s presence in the synagogue when menstruating and during the circumcision ceremony, and ends with a look at changing attitudes toward women benefactors. Based on an analysis of liturgical, archaeological, halakhic and poetic sources, this article demonstrates the extent to which women were active and present in Ashkenazi synagogues and provides an explanation of their gradual segregation and marginalization starting in the thirteenth century.

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