What a challenging, fascinating period in Jewish history, featuring unimaginable antisemitism yet phenomenal spiritual creativity. How did the Jews survive? What can we learn from the experience of Medieval Europe?

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Historians of Medieval Europe often quip that the Holy Roman Empire was not much of an Empire, hardly Roman, and don’t even ask if it was holy. Our discussion here will look at the continent as a whole, excepting Spain and Portugal, concentrating on the High Middle Ages.

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