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Books on Non-Jewish Law in Hebrew Script

While most "law" books in Hebrew characters are either Jewish, or in recent years, Israeli law, there are some odd exceptions. These are books written in a Jewish language, probably Hebrew but perhaps Yiddish, on the non-Jews' legal system. Some reflect an author trying to inform the Jews of the non-Jews' laws that might recently have become applicable to them, or to discuss their impact in a language that was more familiar and perhaps allowed more freedom than writing in a language that could easily be read by the non-Jewish population. While these books may be important for studying legal history, they are largely inaccessible to mainstream legal scholars due to being in Hevbrew script, and the context would bwe hard to appreciate by Judaica scholars lacking legal training, though their very existence is perhaps an interesting source for studying how Jews related to the non-Jewish environment.

Presented by Aaron Kuperman at the 2013 AJL Conference in Houston, TX.

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