8 March 1807 Great Sanhedrin answers Napoleon #otdimjh


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8 March 1807 Great Sanhedrin responds to Napoleon’s questions

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Texte de la DECISION du GRAND SANHEDRIN

Convoqué à PARIS en vertu des ORDRES de SA MAJESTE l’EMPEREUR et ROI. le 8 Mars 1807

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On 6 October 1806, the Jewish Assembly of Notables, convened by Napoleon Bonaparte, issued a proclamation to all the Jewish communities of Europe, inviting them to send delegates to a Grand Sanhedrin, convening on October 20.

The Sanhedrin would rule on the answers given by the Assembly of Notables to twelve questions posed by Bonaparte back in April, including:

  1. Is it lawful for Jews to have more than one wife?
  2. Is divorce allowed by the Jewish religion? Is divorce valid, although pronounced not by courts of justice but by virtue of laws in contradiction to the French code?
  3. May a Jewess marry a Christian, or [may] a Jew [marry] a Christian woman? or does Jewish law order…

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