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38 There were fairly strong links with Hungary as well. 40 Yet these international connections gave the Jews no particular advantage over their Gentile competitors. Most of the Christian merchants who engaged in international trade enjoyed ties similar to those of the Jews. 4 There were numerous instances of German merchants moving to Polish towns where they benefited from analogous 36. Herman Kellenbenz, Sephardim an der unteren Elbe, Ihre wirtschaftliche undpolitische Bedeutung vom Ende des 16.

Franz Lerner, "Die Reichsstadt Frankfurt und ihre Messen im Verh'iltnis zu Ost- und Sudosteuropa im Zeitraum von 1480 bis 1630," Der Aussenhandel Ostmitteleuropas1450-1650, ed. Ingomar Bog (K61oln,1971), pp. 162, 170, 174, 175. 3) Jews from PolandLithuania attending the Leipzig fairs must have had extensive dealings with the hundreds of German Jews who attended those fairs. It should be recalled as well that German merchants, including Jews, frequently visited Poland. 34 Gdanisk, the most important commercial center in Poland, was another place where foreign Jews had contact with Jewish merchants from various Polish localities.

Deviation from the previously accepted fixed tripartite structure and the resultant flexibility of form probably led to a maximizing of the editors' creative ability and to the production of more homogeneous derashot. Hebrew Union CollegeJewish Institute of Religion One West 4 Street New York, NY 10012 44. Heinemann, "'Omanut," pp. 810-11 and "Profile of a Midrash," p. 143. 45. See n. 14 above. An Advantage to Peculiarity? The Case of the Polish Commonwealth Author(s): Gershon Hundert Source: AJS Review, Vol.

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