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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. Higher education, was provided by a few institutions, although some of those recorded apparently never progressed beyond the planning stage. The most ambitious educational project undertaken by the Jews of Sicily was the setting up of a studium generale. A popular educational method practiced by the Jews of Sicily was apprenticeship. Sometimes it involved only the training of a boy in a trade, while on other occasions, the teaching of other topics such as Hebrew literature were part of the emoluments offered the apprentice by his master. 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.

Keywords: apprenticeship; education; Guglielmo Raimondo Moncada; Jews; Sicily; studium generale



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