Bet din
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The rabbinical court (Hebr. bet din, law court) came into being as the decision-making body for Jewish communities in the late-antique Diaspora. By virtue of its status as an independent legislative forum that handled all legal affairs, the bet din developed into one of the foundations of Jewish autonomy. The emancipation legislation of the 19th century removed its basis for existence in Europe, but it experienc…

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Andreas Gotzmann, Erfurt/Frankfurt am Main, “Bet din”, 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 September 2017 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/2468-8894_ejhc_COM_0087>
First published online: 2017
First print edition: 20170409



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