Beiträge zur Geschichte der Juden von Mainz im XV. Jahrhundert. Eine quellenkritische Untersuchung mit Quellenabdruck
1974 · Jerusalem
by Menczel, Dr. J.S.
Jerusalem: Rubin Mass, 1974. Reprint. Softcover. vg. As the Hebrew copyright page says [in Hebrew], this work is a reprint of the original edition, which was published in 1932 by "Buchhandlung Rubin Mass" in Berlin. [The year of the reprint (1974) is only mentioned in Hebrew letters, according to the Hebrew year). Both wrappers and title page are a reprint of the original 1932-title page. 8vo. 151pp. Wrappers. Work on the history of the Jews in the German city of Mainz in the 15th century (see below). Minor age wear to binding, with minor browning to pages. Overall clean and tight. In German. Very good condition. On the Jewish History of Mainz (from a public domain encyclopedia): The Jewish community of Mainz dates to the 10th century CE. It is noted for its religious education. Rashi (Rabbi Shlomo Yitzhaqi) studied in its acclaimed yeshiva, and Rabbi Gershom ben Judah (960-1040) taught there, among others. He (Gershom) concentrated on the study of the Talmud, creating a German Jewish tradition. The Jews of Mainz, Speyer and Worms created a supreme council to set standards in Jewish law and education in the 12th century. [The German word "schummeln" derives from the Hebrew acronym for these three cities] The city of Mainz responded to the Jewish population in a variety of ways, behaving, in a sense, in a bipolar fashion towards them. Sometimes they were allowed freedom and were protected; at other times, they were massacred or expelled. For example, they were expelled in 1462, invited to return and expelled again in 1474. Outbreaks of the Black Death were usually blamed on the Jews, at which times they were massacred. This unstable pattern went on up to World War II. (Inventory #: 18396)