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Emissaries from the Holy LandThe Sephardic Diaspora and the Practice of Pan-Judaism in the Eighteenth Century$
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Matthias B. Lehmann

Print publication date: 2014

Print ISBN-13: 9780804789653

Published to Stanford Scholarship Online: May 2015

DOI: 10.11126/stanford/9780804789653.001.0001

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Agents of Philanthropy

Agents of Philanthropy

Emissaries from the Holy Land and the Communities of the Diaspora

(p.71) Two Agents of Philanthropy
Emissaries from the Holy Land

Matthias B. Lehmann

Stanford University Press

The main protagonists of this book, the rabbinic emissaries dispatched from Palestine to raise funds for the Holy Land among the Jews of the diaspora, are the focus of this chapter. The chapter explores the conditions under which the emissaries undertook their missions, mechanisms developed to ensure trustworthiness and arbitrate conflicts, and the interaction between emissaries and Jewish communities outside Palestine. Livorno, Italy, serves as a case study. The chapter looks at the rabbinic emissary as a traveler and cultural intermediary, linking Jewish communities from different cultural backgrounds, relying in part on the travelogue of an eighteenth-century emissary and his account of his visit to Tunisia.

Keywords:   travel, cultural exchange, trust, rabbinic emissaries, Livorno, Tunisia

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