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Eastern Europe, Practice of Judaism in

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Author(s): Nadler, Allan
Eastern Europe—Poland and Lithuania in particular—was, for many centuries, the domain of the largest and most important Jewish settlement in the world, a community that fashioned a distinctive and particularly intense form of traditional Jewish learning and religious practice. Jews first settled in Poland and the Grand Duchy of Lithuania in the twelfth century. From the second half of the fifteenth century until the Second World War, the Jewish population of Eastern Europe rose steadily and prod…