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Four New Documents on the Controversy over the Writings of Hayun / תעודות חדשות על פרשת הפולמוס בעניין חיון

מנחם פרידמן and M. Friedman
Eretz-Israel: Archaeological, Historical and Geographical Studies / ארץ-ישראל: מחקרים בידיעת הארץ ועתיקותיה
Vol. י‎, ZALMAN SHAZAR VOLUME / ספר זלמן שזר‎ (1971 / תשל"א), pp. 237-239
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/23619402
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Four New Documents on the Controversy over the Writings of Hayun / תעודות חדשות על פרשת הפולמוס בעניין חיון
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Abstract

Four new documents on the controversy over the writings of Nehemiah Chiya Ḥayun are published here. The first is a letter sent by the parnassim of the Ashkenazi community of Amsterdam on the 13th of Heshvan 5474 (A.D. 1713) to the Rabbi of the Portuguese community there, Rabbi Shlomo Ailion. The letter clearly indicates that the heads of the Portuguese community had requested of the Ashkenazi parnassim to force their rabbi, the Ḥacham Zevi, to conduct an argument with the Portuguese rabbis on Ḥayun's books; the Ḥacham Zevi refused. The other documents are dated to 5475 (A.D. 1715), after the publication of Rabbi Moshe Ḥagis's books Milḥama le-Adonai and Sheber Poshjim. The second document is a declaration of excommunication issued by the Portuguese community against Moshe Ḥagis and any member of the community not presenting Ḥagis's books to the parnassim for burning. In the wake of this excommunication, the Ashkenazim also declared a ban on keeping Hagis's works (the third document). In the fourth document, the Ashkenazim confirm the Portuguese excommunication of Ḥagis and his works. The occurrence of this affair in A.D. 1715, and the fact that Ḥagis was excommunicated by both communities, had not previously been known.

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