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A Persecution was Decreed:Persecution as a Rhetorical Device in the Literature of the Ge’onim and Rishonim* Part 1**

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Abstract It is a common misconception that the haftarah started as a replacement for the reading of the Torah. This idea has its modern source in an influential article published in 1927 by Jacob Mann. 1 Going back to rabbinical and medieval sources shows that we should read them as topological texts. They give a pseudo-historical basis to well known and loved features of the service, like the haftarah, thereby missing a straightforward Talmudic source. Furthermore, they seem to be in dialog with other medieval texts that speak about martyrdom as a reaction to repression.


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