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Jewish Religious Observance the Jews of Kaifeng China by Chaim Simons

Jewish Religious Observance

the Jews of Kaifeng China by Chaim Simons

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There are numerous elements in the life of the Jews of Kaifeng that would bear research. This book deals with just one aspect - namely their Jewish religious observance.The methodology used in this study is to first state the halachah on religiousMoreThere are numerous elements in the life of the Jews of Kaifeng that would bear research. This book deals with just one aspect - namely their Jewish religious observance.The methodology used in this study is to first state the halachah on religious practices which are mentioned in the extant material on the Jews of Kaifeng. (e.g. Tefillah, Reading the Torah, the Synagogue, Shabbat, Pesach, Kashrut), then to examine and discuss the actual observance of these halachot by the Jews of Kaifeng. This may sometimes involve the quoting of further Rabbinical sources.The material used concerning the Jews of Kaifeng, is, as far as possible, material which is to be found in primary sources. (For the purpose of this book, the translation of a primary source, or of a book which quotes verbatim from a diary or letter, is regarded as a primary source.) Only when this primary material is unavailable are secondary sources used. The interpretations or discussions by these secondary sources, or by historians, are where necessary, carefully and critically analyzed.This research will show that there is a source in the Rabbinical literature for almost all the activities which the Jews of Kaifeng considered to be Jewish practice.