Monday, November 21, 2005

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This very intriguing book is an anthology of documents and historical information required for the creation of the Jewish Sanhedrin of King Napoleon. It also contains tefillos and songs dedicated for King Napoleon and his kingship, his army and his success in ruling by Rabbi Abraham de Cologna, who served as Rabbi of Triste & Mantova, and was the vice-president of the Grand Sanhedrin and president of the Central Consistory.

In France the revolutionaries’ National Assembly debated whether the principle of “Liberty, Equality and Brotherhood” should apply to the Jews. After two years, in September 1791, Jews were granted civic freedom, and Napoleon then saw it as his task to make good Frenchmen of the Jews.

Incensed by complaints from Alsace about Jewish usury, Napoleon called for an Assembly of Jewish Notables, holding sessions from July 1806 to April 1807. The Assembly was made up of 111 rabbis and community leaders, who had to respond to twelve questions about Jewish habits namely: polygamy, divorce, marrying out, French patriotism, relationship towards the Gentiles, obedience to French law, rabbis’ appointment and authority, forbidden professions, and usury. During the last months of the sessions, 71 Jews, mostly rabbis, were appointed to translate the answers of the Assembly into religious binding laws. This was called the Napoleon Sanhedri. Its duty to consider the relationship between Jews and the state.

2 Comments:

Blogger Annie said...

I am doing research on Abraham Cologna - he may be one of my ancestors. How can I get a copy of the book?

3:31 PM  
Blogger Ibrahimblogs said...

This is certainly an interesting read! I would like to get a copy of the book.

Keep sharing!

This is Ibrahim from Israeli Uncensored News

10:25 AM  

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