8 March 1807 Great Sanhedrin responds to Napoleon’s questions
Convoqué à PARIS en vertu des ORDRES de SA MAJESTE l’EMPEREUR et ROI. le 8 Mars 1807
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:
- Is it lawful for Jews to have more than one wife?
- 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?
- May a Jewess marry a Christian, or [may] a Jew [marry] a Christian woman? or does Jewish law order…
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