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This chapter provides concluding remarks for the book Protocols of Justice: The Pinkas of the Metz Rabbinic Court 1771-1789, which deals with the Pinkas of the Metz Beit Din. The Jews of Metz were far more engaged with the cultural and economic dimensions of the society around them than is generally assumed. The methods of legal adjudication, and more generally, the conception of rabbinic jurisprudence practiced by the Metz Beit Din, not only illustrate strikingly the broad scope of acculturation experienced by the urban, and, in many instances, even the rural, Jewish population. They also offer insight into the adaptability of Jewish law to the challenges posed by the larger social and economic framework. The exposure to French law and justice stemmed from routine bureaucratic demands imposed on residents of the region and also from frequent litigation between Jews and non-Jews in financial, commercial, and property disputes.

Keywords: acculturation; French law; Jewish law; Metz Beit Din; Pinkas; rabbinic jurisprudence



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