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Communication in Rabenu Gershom's Ordinances
  • Menahem Blondheim
Menahem Blondheim

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This article proposes a common denominator among the various medieval ordinances attributed to Rabbi Gershom of Mainz (960-1028?). This organizing principle is the regulation–international public law style–of communications throughout the Jewish Diaspora. Setting clear rules with regard to travel, hosting, and supra-local social relations could encourage and promote contact between and across communities in the Jewish Diaspora.