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Gardens and Ghettos: The Art of Jewish Life in Italy

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Among the precious artifacts included in the Jewish Museum's exhibition on Italian-Jewish life is a work of singular importance. It is a lexicon of rabbinic literature called the Arukh, written by Nathan ben Jehiel of Rome (1035-c.1110) at the beginning of the twelfth century (cat. no. 61). Why so modest a work, a mere dictionary of words and phrases, should elicit special attention requires some elucidation.

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Published as Ruderman, D.B. At the Intersection of Cultures: The Historical Legacy of Italian Jewry Prior to the Emancipation. In Mann, V.B (Ed.) Gardens and Ghettos: The Art of Jewish Life in Italy, (pp. 1-23). © 1989 by the Regents of the University of California. Copying and permissions notice: Authorization to copy this content beyond fair use (as specified in Sections 107 and 108 of the U. S. Copyright Law) for internal or personal use, or the internal or personal use of specific clients, is granted by the Regents of the University of California for libraries and other users, provided that they are registered with and pay the specified fee via Rightslink® or directly with the Copyright Clearance Center.


At the time of this publication, Dr. Ruderman was affiliated with Yale University, but he is now a faculty member at the University of Pennsylvania.



Date Posted: 03 August 2017