Gender and Daily Life in Jewish Communities‏

Elisheva Baumgarten

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Jews living in northern Europe during the High Middle Ages inhabited large urban centers and lived in close proximity to their Christian neighbors. This led to daily contact between Jews and Christians and shared realms of experience and practice. This article examines the lives of Jewish women during the High Middle Ages. Using a poem written after the death of Dulcia of Worms in the 1196, it outlines the characteristics of women's religious and social lives during the period, and it also explores the gender understandings and conventions of Jews in medieval Europe. Comparing Jewish and Christian society, the article sets out distinctive and shared practices related to gender and religion.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationThe Oxford Handbook of Women and Gender in Medieval Europe
EditorsJudith M Bennett, Ruth Mazo Karras
PublisherOXFORD University Press,
Number of pages16
ISBN (Print)9780199582174
StatePublished - 2013

RAMBI Publications

  • RAMBI Publications
  • Jewish women -- Religious life -- Europe
  • Jewish women -- Europe -- Social conditions -- To 1500
  • Jewish women -- Europe -- History -- Middle Ages, 500-1500
  • Judaism -- Relations -- Christianity
  • Sex role -- Europe -- History -- To 1500


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