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Sefer Hasidinm'sapprobationof a gentile prince 42. SHP par. 179; translated by Ivan Marcus in Rabbinic Fantasies, pp. 226-227. THE PROBLEMOF WOMEN IN SEFERHASIDIM 17 who cloistersprostitutesduringa fair clearlyrevealsa pietisticappreciation of those Christianmonasteriesand convents which so efficientlyeliminate the distractionsof at least some forbiddenwomen. "45 Albert has written on the same subject, the associationof women with 43. See, for example,B. Ketubot62b for severalsuchaccounts. 44. See David Biale, "Ejaculatory Prayer:The Displacementof Sexualityin Chasidism," Tikkun6, no.

The latter differs from the works of the scholarswhom I cite, or merely allude to, on two counts. Second, I am not motivatedby a passion to discoverhithertounknownhistoricaldocuments, as many professionalhistoriansare. The rationalefor this interdisciplinary venture is the possibility that it may prove illuminating,and enrich our understandingof the people concerned. Some were craftsmen,particularlysilversmiths,and a small number were moneylenders,particularlyto the local potentates. Baghdadbeganto play a rolein the BritishIndiatrade, traditional society, and particularly of the merchant classes.

For how could an insect squeak where the lion roars ... Indeed when our teacher and master, the crown on our head (peace be on him), was alive-[concerning] everything that was difficult for us ... ' (Gen. " This would also explain why the few Baghdad sages who were active in delivering responsa were so prolific; each wrote enough to fill several volumes. Most of the numerous Moroccan sages produced single volumes only. The Theshohatimmobilizedwhen juniorsagesorganizedthemselvessporadically. This arousedtheir ire andled to unprecedentedsocial tension.

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