Publications

2019
Book Review: Julie L. Mell, The Myth of the Medieval Jewish Moneylender
Doron, Aviya. “Book Review: Julie L. Mell, The Myth of the Medieval Jewish Moneylender.” Chidushim 21. Chidushim (2019): 144–153. PDF icon aviya_doron_chidushim.pdf
Book Review: Tali Miriam Brener, In Their Own Way: Children and Childhood in Early Modern Ashkenaz
Namia-Cohen, Adi. “Book Review: Tali Miriam Brener, In Their Own Way: Children and Childhood in Early Modern Ashkenaz.” Chidushim 21. Chidushim (2019): 175–182. PDF icon adi_namia_cohen_chidushim.pdf
The Crown of Mrs. Zemah, Daughter of Rabbi Aaron: Conceptions of Royalty, Status, and Chastity among Ashkenazi Brides during the Middle Ages
Noy, Ido. “The Crown of Mrs. Zemah, Daughter of Rabbi Aaron: Conceptions of Royalty, Status, and Chastity among Ashkenazi Brides during the Middle Ages.” Chidushim 21. Chidushim (2019): 84–113. PDF icon ido_noy_chidushim.pdf
The Investigation of the Jews of Savoy on Suspicion of Poisoning Wells: A Reappraisal
Barzilay, Tzafrir. “The Investigation of the Jews of Savoy on Suspicion of Poisoning Wells: A Reappraisal.” Chidushim 21. Chidushim (2019): 114–143. PDF icon tzafrir_barzilay_chidushim.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
Bodner, Neta, and Ariella Lehmann. “"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.” Chidushim 21. Chidushim (2019): 47–83. PDF icon neta_bodner_and_ariella_lehmann_chidushim.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
Levinson, Eyal. “"Those Who Grow their Forelocks and Wear the Clothes of a Knight": Young Jewish Men in Medieval Germany, between Rabbinical Masculinity and Chivalric Masculinity.” Chidushim 21. Chidushim (2019): 14–46. PDF icon eyal_levinson_chidushim.pdf
Book Review: Ephraim Shoham-Stainer, ed. Intricate Interfaith Networks in the Middle Ages: Quotidian Jewish-Christian Contacts
Dermer, Nureet. “Book Review: Ephraim Shoham-Stainer, ed. Intricate Interfaith Networks in the Middle Ages: Quotidian Jewish-Christian Contacts.” Chidushim 21. Chidushim (2019): 154–162. PDF icon nureet_dermer_chidushim.pdf
Book Review: Eve Krakowski, Coming of Age in Medieval Egypt
Kalaora, Etelle. “Book Review: Eve Krakowski, Coming of Age in Medieval Egypt.” Chidushim 21. Chidushim (2019): 183–191. PDF icon etelle_kalaora_chidushim.pdf
Book Review: Javier Castaño, Talya Fishman, and Ephraim Kanarfogel, eds. Regional Identities and Cultures of Medieval Jews
Fenton, Miri. “Book Review: Javier Castaño, Talya Fishman, and Ephraim Kanarfogel, eds. Regional Identities and Cultures of Medieval Jews.” Chidushim 21. Chidushim (2019): 163–174. PDF icon miri_fenton_chidushim.pdf
Chidushim, Leo Baeck Institute, The first "Beyond the Elite" Research group
Baumgarten, Elisheva. Chidushim, Leo Baeck Institute, The first "Beyond the Elite" Research group. Vol. 21, 2019.
“Introduction: Jewish Daily Life in Medieval Europe,” Chidushim
Baumgarten, Elisheva. ““Introduction: Jewish Daily Life in Medieval Europe,” Chidushim.” Chidushim 21. Chidushim (2019): 5–13. PDF icon elisheva_baumgarten_chidushim.pdf
Ask the Midwives: A Hebrew Manual on Midwifery from Medieval Germany†
Baumgarten, Elisheva. “Ask the Midwives: A Hebrew Manual on Midwifery from Medieval Germany†.” Social History of Medicine 32, no. 4. Social History of Medicine (2019): 712–733. Abstract
Summary This article focuses on a chapter in a manual on circumcision written in Worms in the thirteenth century by Jacob and Gershom haGozrim (the circumcisers). The third chapter of the manual contains medical instruction on how to attend to women in labour and other gynaecological conditions. Whereas the first two chapters of the manual were published in the late nineteenth century, the midwifery chapter has only been recently examined. This article is comprised of a translation of the midwifery text(s) along with an introduction to the text and the community practices it reflects. It outlines the cooperation between medical practitioners, male and female, Jewish and Christian, and discusses the medical remedies recommended and some practices current in thirteenth-century Germany.
Furnishing Piety: Beds in High Medieval Jewish Domestic Devotion
Kohn, Albert. “Furnishing Piety: Beds in High Medieval Jewish Domestic Devotion.” Religions 10, no. 8. Religions (2019): 471. Abstract
In recent years, pre-modern beds have generated extensive scholarly interest. Their social, religious, and economic importance has been rightfully highlighted in the study of domestic piety. Yet, concern has primarily focused on beds in late medieval English homes. This essay uses Hebrew texts from thirteenth-century Southern Germany, primarily Sefer Hasidim, to further this analysis of the role of the bed in shaping medieval domestic devotion. Jewish notions about the social, moral, and sexual significance of the bed reflect those identified in late medieval Christian culture. These ideas inspired numerous rituals practiced in Jewish homes. Yet, the bed and the remnants of sex assumed to be found in it also frustrated Jewish attempts to perform domestic devotion. These findings highlight the complicated nature of the home and how medieval people had to navigate both its opportunities and challenges in order to foster a rich culture of domestic devotion.
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Chidushim, Studies in the History of German and Central European Jewry Volume 21, 2019
Chidushim, Studies in the History of German and Central European Jewry Volume 21, 2019.” Chidushim 21. Chidushim (2019).PDF icon chidushim_21.pdf