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A Symposium at Chabad of Oxford
500 years after the Venice Ghetto was first established, scholars explore the intellectual, legal, and cultural history and legacy of the Jews of Venice and Italy.
1516
On the 7th of Iyar, 1516, the Venetian City Council decreed that all Jews be segregated to a specific area of the city. Venice's ghetto was surrounded by water, with a canal leading to its gates. At night the "Christian guards" patrolled the waters around...
1637
The Jews of Venice, Italy, were forbidden to practice law or to act as advocates in the Courts of Venice on the 20th of Iyar of 1637.
1553
By order of the Pope, the Talmud was burned in Venice on the 13th and 14th of MarCheshvan, 1553 (Minchah Belulah, Deuteronomy 33:2). The reason given was that the Talmud contained statements heretical to the Christian faith. Venice boasted many famous Heb...
The "first" Jewish ghetto—its culture and its women
Surviving documents, including marriage documents, offer fascinating windows into the ghetto's history and the lives of its dwellers.
Hebrew Publishing in the Venice Ghetto and Beyond
The treasured Valmadonna Library, the greatest private collection of Hebrew books and manuscripts in private hands in the world, includes almost five hundred titles published in 16th century Venice.
Jewish legal disputes in the Venice Ghetto
The Chief Rabbi of Venice's attempt to permit gondola travel on Shabbat. The life and times of Rabbi Simone Luzzatto, 1583–1663.
Chabad Society in England to host a lineup of international scholars
Though the walls of the Venetian Ghetto have not been standing since 1797—when Napoleon tore them down and ended the ghetto’s separation from the city—a Jewish presence is still strongly felt there, 500 years since its formulation. Established by Doge Leo...
The Protestant reformation and the first ghettoes.
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