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Keeping a pinkas

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A general understanding of administration appears to have existed, of which the keeping of a pinkas formed a part. This is evident from the records of the four Jewish communities with an effective administration. The communities of The Hague and Leeuwarden seem to have functioned efficiently, as their accurate and chronological pinkassim testify. Unlike Middelburg?s community, which performed poorly in the eighteenth century. This is reflected in the pinkas, which began as a well-kept volume similar to that of The Hague, but ended up as a mere cashbook. Oisterwijk, however, tended to keep their records like a small, rural community. This chapter presents a survey of the pinkassim of the four communities, which reveals fourteen basic topics found in all the manuscripts, or in at least three from different communities. These represent the basic elements of the everyday running of a Jewish community.

Keywords: Jewish community; Leeuwarden; Middelburg; Oisterwijk; pinkas; The Hague



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