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Tiferet Bahurim As A Pietistic Work: Dealing With Death

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In Tiferet Bahurim, the Tetragrammaton is used in a new context - no longer in canonic works that consider it their privilege to resort to a powerful device but in a work addressing a local limited readership familiar to the author. The concern with death serves as a focus for presenting the system of beliefs and religious practice that the author seeks to spread among the members of his Ferrara community, particularly its young men. This chapter discusses the summary of family life: "The only purpose of the trouble a man takes when living with his wife and children is to acquire happiness for his soul after death&t;".The happiness of the soul" after death is connected to the widening interest of Jewish society in Italy and in the Eastern Mediterranean basin on life after death, and in the fate of human souls and their course according to their deeds in this world.

Keywords: Ferrara community; Jewish society; Tiferet Bahurim



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