Ban
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The term ban (Hebr. ḥerem) denotes an instrument of sanction available to the Jewish community institutions and rabbinical courts (Bet din). As Jewish communities exercised autonomy, it became the crucial coercive means for imposing religious norms and concepts of social order. Use of the ban ended during the process of emancipation as premodern forms of Jewish community were increasingly superseded, in particular as modern state legisla…

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Andreas Gotzmann, Erfurt/Frankfurt am Main, “Ban”, in: Encyclopedia of Jewish History and Culture Online, Original German Language Edition: Enzyklopädie Jüdischer Geschichte und Kultur. Im Auftrag der Sächsischen Akademie der Wissenschaften zu Leipzig herausgegeben von Dan Diner. © J.B. Metzler, Stuttgart/Springer-Verlag GmbH Deutschland 2011–2017.. Consulted online on 21 November 2017 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/2468-8894_ejhc_COM_0074>
First published online: 2017
First print edition: 20170409



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