Informatione in causa della lite fra poveri e[t?] ricchi delli Hebrei [Documents concerning the litigation between poor and rich Jews]
- circa 1600
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0.167 Cubic Feet (1 legal size folder)
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Following the Spanish and Portuguese expulsions at the end of the 15th century, the resulting influx of Jews from the Iberian Peninsula often resulted in strained relationships between the new arrivals and the members of native Jewish communities in which they relocated. The strains between Sephardic and Italian Jews in Ancona, Foligno, Rome, and Senigallia during the reign of Pope Clement VII (1523-1534), is cast here as a dispute between rich and poor Jews and resulted in papal intervention. Clement VII referred to by one contemporary Jewish author as "the favorer of Israel," displayed particular interest in the internal affairs of the Jewish community. When squabbling broke out between the disparate elements of the community, there was no established authority that could settle the disputes between the contending parties. Accordingly, an invitation was issued to Daniel ben Isaac of Pisa, who was highly esteemed by the pope, to come to Rome and negotiate a settlement. With twenty of the wealthiest members of the community, Daniel ben Isaac began the work of reform. A new Jewish organization was established, governed by a board of sixty directors (this organization existed up to the 19th century). In a document dated December 12, 1524, the pope signified his approval of this arrangement. A folio such as this is an early 17th century copy of documents concerning this historical episode.
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