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Education And Culture

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The elementary education of Jewish youth during the period under review took on various forms. There was private instruction, usually restricted to the rich and affluent, communal and private schools, and apprenticeships, which at times included elementary instruction. The best insight into the education and culture of Sicilian Jews in the fifteenth century is provided by the controversial figure of Guglielmo Raimondo Moncada. While he obtained his non-Jewish education after his conversion, most of his training in Judaism, Hebrew and cognate languages, such as Arabic and Aramaic, and the relevant literature, took place in his youth before he embraced Christianity. More information on the culture of Sicilian Jewry may be culled from two more sources: the Hebrew texts copied in Sicily during the Aragonese period and the libraries of the Jews.

Keywords: Aragonese period; Guglielmo Raimondo Moncada; Hebrew texts; Jewish communities; Jewish culture; Jewish elementary education; Sicilian Jews



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