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Responsa
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Responsa refers to a literary genre consisting of written inquiries addressed to Halakhic authorities, and the latter’s detailed written answers, which were binding under religious law. Since biblical times, this method had been employed for the clarification of Halakhic difficulties, frequently urgent ones, relevant to everyday life. During the Middle Ages, responsa developed int…

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Zohar, Zvi, “Responsa”, 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 30 November 2023 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/2468-8894_ejhc_COM_0741>
First published online: 2017
First print edition: 20221116



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