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Author Lehmann, Matthias B., 1970- author

Title Emissaries from the Holy Land : the Sephardic diaspora and the practice of pan-Judaism in the eighteenth century / Matthias B. Lehmann
Published Stanford, California : Stanford University Press, [2014]
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Description 1 online resource (viii, 340 pages) : maps
Series Stanford studies in Jewish history and culture
Stanford studies in Jewish history and culture
Contents Network of beneficence : Istanbul, Jerusalem, and the philanthropic network -- Agents of philanthropy : emissaries from the Holy Land and the communities of the diaspora -- Ideological foundations -- Solidarity contested : ethnic division and the quest for unity -- End of an era : the transformation of the philanthropic network in the nineteenth century -- Epilogue : pan-Judaism
Summary For Jews in every corner of the world, the Holy Land has always been central. But that conviction was put to the test in the eighteenth century when Jewish leaders in Palestine and their allies in Istanbul sent rabbinic emissaries on global fundraising missions. From the shores of the Mediterranean to the port cities of the Atlantic seaboard, from the Caribbean to India, these emmissaries solicited donations for the impoverished of Israel's homeland. Emissaries from the Holy Land explores how this eighteenth century philanthropic network was organized and how relations of trust and solidarity were built across vast geographic differences. It looks at how the emissaries and their supporters understood the relationship between the Jewish Diaspora and the Land of Israel, and it shows how cross-cultural encounters and competing claims for financial support involving Sephardic, Ashkenazi, and North African emissaries and communities contributed to the transformation of Jewish identity from 1720 to 1820. Solidarity among Jews and the centrality of the Holy Land in traditional Jewish society are often taken for granted. Lehmann challenges such assumptions and provides a critical, historical perspective on the question of how Jews in the early modern period encountered one another, how they related to Jerusalem and the land of Israel, and how the early modern period changed perceptions of Jewish unity and solidarity. Based on original archival research as well as multiple little-known and rarely studied sources, Emissaries from the Holy Land offers a fresh perspective on early modern Jewish society and culture and the relationship between the Jewish Diaspora and Palestine in the eighteenth century
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references and index
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Subject Jewish diaspora -- History -- 18th century
Jews -- Identity -- History -- 18th century
Jews -- Palestine -- Charities -- History -- 18th century
Sephardim -- History -- 18th century
HISTORY / Jewish
HISTORY -- World.
Jewish diaspora.
Jews -- Charities.
Jews -- Identity.
Middle East -- Palestine.
Genre/Form History.
Form Electronic book
ISBN 0804792461