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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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Solidarity Contested:

Solidarity Contested:

Ethnic Division and the Quest for Unity

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Emissaries from the Holy Land

Matthias B. Lehmann

Stanford University Press

One of the main challenges encountered by the rabbinic emissaries was the rivalry between different ethnic groups within the Jewish world. This chapter focuses on the tension between the quest for Jewish solidarity and unity, as represented by the emissaries and the Jewish elites in Istanbul, and the reality of a Jewish diaspora divided along ethnic lines. The main example studied here, the visit of a Sephardic emissary to Germany, involves the enduring tension between Ashkenazi and Sephardic Jews. The chapter looks at how social conflicts of class were expressed through the language of ethnic difference, and it traces this dynamic into the nineteenth century and beyond the Ashkenazi-Sephardic rivalry to tensions between Sephardic and Maghrebi Jews.

Keywords:   solidarity, ethnicity, class and ethnicity, Jewish unity, pan-Judaism, Germany, Maghreb

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