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Emissaries from the Holy Land: The Sephardic Diaspora and the Practice of Pan-Judaism in the Eighteenth Century

Matthias B. Lehmann


Emissaries from the Holy Land tells the story of a philanthropic network that was overseen by the Jewish community leadership in the Ottoman capital city of Istanbul between the 1720s and the 1820s in support of the impoverished Jews of Palestine. Putting the notion of Jewish solidarity, Jewish unity, and the enduring centrality of the Holy Land for the Jewish world to the test, the community leadership in Palestine and their allies in Istanbul dispatched rabbinic emissaries on fundraising missions everywhere from the shores of the Mediterranean to the port cities of the Atlantic seaboard, fro ... More

Keywords: early modern Jews, Palestine, Jerusalem, Jewish diaspora, Jewish philanthropy, Jewish solidarity, Jewish identity, emissaries, Sephardic Jews, Ashkenazi Jews

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2014 Print ISBN-13: 9780804789653
Published to Stanford Scholarship Online: May 2015 DOI:10.11126/stanford/9780804789653.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Matthias B. Lehmann, author
University of California, Irvine