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Heretics or Daughters of Israel?The Crypto-Jewish Women of Castile$
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Renée Levine Melammed

Print publication date: 2002

Print ISBN-13: 9780195151671

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2011

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195151671.001.0001

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Castilian Conversas at Work

Castilian Conversas at Work

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(p.73) 4 Castilian Conversas at Work
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Heretics or Daughters of Israel?
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Renée Levine Melammed

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195151671.003.0005

This chapter discusses the work of crypto-Jewish woman which on the whole was composed of what is categorized as domestic work that provided the only Jewish-style framework for the women and their families. Jewish law imposed a great deal of work for the judaizing woman, divided according to legal or halachic categories. Observance of the Sabbath required extensive labor every week; the preparation necessary for Passover was probably the finest example of intensive domestic labor that was not only thorough but thoroughly exhausting.

Keywords:   crypto-Jewish, Jewish law, legal, halachic, Sabbath, Passover

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