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Sephardi Jurisprudence in the Past Half-Millennium
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After the riots of 1391, the situation of Spanish Jewry became increasingly difficult, and during the century leading up to the expulsion, a change in the orientation of Spanish-Jewish culture took place. The very enterprise of Torah qua study and application of Jewish law was becoming less than central to the community’s self-definition. 

Against this backdrop, Rabbi Isaac Canpanton (1360–1463) consciously elaborated a novel h…

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Zvi Zohar, “Sephardi Jurisprudence in the Past Half-Millennium”, in: Encyclopedia of Jews in the Islamic World, Executive Editor Norman A. Stillman. Consulted online on 23 February 2024 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/1878-9781_ejiw_COM_0018390>
First published online: 2010

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