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Going to Gentile Courts / פניה לערכאות

צבי אבנרי and Z. Avneri
Zion / ציון
Vol. כה‎, חוברת א‎ (תש"ך / 1960), pp. 57-61
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/23549207
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Abstract

Here is being published (from the files of the Germanisches National-Museum, Nuremberg) a document of registration in 1320 of a judgement given by the municipal court of Nuremberg in 1314. The occasion was of a litigation between the Jewish Community and a Jew craving right of citizenship (חזקת הישוב) in it. The significance of this document, in addtion to the contribution to the history of the Jewish Community in Nuremberg, is in the light it sheds on the relationship between Jews and Gentile Courts. Jewish sages and community leadership were strongly opposed to litigations in Gentile Courts. But even the community leadership itself was compelled sometimes to turn to the Courts against disobidient members, as in the case to which the published ducument pertains. The author supposes that this act is explained by the weakness and instability of the Jewish Community in Nuremberg after the persecutions of Rindfleisch (1298). The author appends a list of German Jews titled "her" in documents of the years 1282-1342.

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