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Gender and Daily Life in Jewish Communities

Elisheva Baumgarten

in The Oxford Handbook of Women and Gender in Medieval Europe

Published in print August 2013 | ISBN: 9780199582174
Published online January 2013 | | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/oxfordhb/9780199582174.013.010

Series: Oxford Handbooks in History

Gender and Daily Life in Jewish Communities

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Jews living in northern Europe during the High Middle Ages inhabited large urban centers and lived in close proximity to their Christian neighbors. This led to daily contact between Jews and Christians and shared realms of experience and practice. This article examines the lives of Jewish women during the High Middle Ages. Using a poem written after the death of Dulcia of Worms in the 1196, it outlines the characteristics of women's religious and social lives during the period, and it also explores the gender understandings and conventions of Jews in medieval Europe. Comparing Jewish and Christian society, the article sets out distinctive and shared practices related to gender and religion.

Keywords: marriage; religious practice; economy; gender; Jewish–Christian comparison; Ashkenaz

Article.  7617 words. 

Subjects: History ; Medieval and Renaissance History (500 to 1500) ; Gender and Sexuality

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