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Ashkenazic Jews in the early modern period did not develop a centralizedcourt system (Polish Jews did), but they did have a sharedrabbinic elite. 99We have already seen the efforts of four of Isserles' studentsto promotethe authority of their teacher both within Poland and outside it. Rabbinic graduatesof the Polish yeshivot, students of Isserles' students, and the students they in turn taught, gave authorityto Isserles' work. In so doing, they gave legal substanceto the notion of Ashkenazic Jews as a group.

276 Two Cases of Adultery and the Halakhic Decision-Making Process Author(s): Edward Fram Source: AJS Review, Vol. 26, No. , 2002), pp. org/stable/4131698 . Accessed: 17/07/2011 14:06 Your use of the JSTOR archive indicates your acceptance of JSTOR's Terms and Conditions of Use, available at . jsp. JSTOR's Terms and Conditions of Use provides, in part, that unless you have obtained prior permission, you may not download an entire issue of a journal or multiple copies of articles, and you may use content in the JSTOR archive only for your personal, non-commercial use.

Ephraimwrote that he had found these taqanot in the pinqas of the community. He added that the community had placed clauses to this effect in the contractsof some of his predecessors. (Contrastthe contractof the rabbiof Friedberg,above n. ) 91. Therewere attemptsin Pragueto promoteJaffe'sLevushim(Jaffe was a Prague native), as well as R. Asher ben Yeiel's Pisqe ha-Rosh. In the early seventeenthcentury, while the Shulhan 'arukhwas not published in Prague,the Levushimwas reprintedtwice: in 1609 and again in 1622-1624.

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