See Article History Hebrew literature, the body of written works produced in the Hebrew language and distinct from Jewish literature, which also exists in other languages. Literature in Hebrew has been produced uninterruptedly from the early 12th century bc, and certain excavated tablets may indicate a literature of even greater antiquity. From bc to c. It was not revived as a spoken language until the late 19th century, and in the 20th century it was adopted as the official language of the new State of Israel.
Some even settled there as early as the tenth century. Under Casimir the Great, Jews were given equal rights. In the 14th century, Lvov had two Jewish communities, one inside the walled city and one that lay on the outskirts.
The two neighborhoods had separate synagogues and mikvahs ritual bathsbut the cemetery they shared. ByLvov had a Jewish population of nearly 1, Throughout the 15th and 16th centuries, the community suffered from foreign invasion, mostly by the Tartars, and also from a series of natural disasters, such as earthquakes, floods, fired and epidemics.
Despite these setbacks, the Jewish community grew significantly after Lvov was annexed to the Polish Kingdom in During this time, Jews engaged in such trades as moneylending, tax farming, and wholesale and retail trade.
They were also very active in the trade of perfumes, silk goods, and other exotic items that they imported throughout Poland. They expanded commercial ties with Nuremberg, Danzig and Breslau.
They also began to import goods from HungaryHolland and Englandand dealt in grain, cattle, hides, wine and other goods of this nature. Also, bythere were 70 Jewish butchers living in Lvov, as well as several tailors, tanners and silversmiths.
The poorer Jews, mostly living outside the city walls, were peddlers. From the second half of the 16th century, Yitzhak ben Nahman and his descendants led the community for years.
Inanother congregation was built for the community living outside the city walls. In the early 17th century, a violent conflict erupted in Lvov between the Jews and the Jesuits over the Golden Rose Synagogue, which had been constructed inside the old city walls by the Nachmanovich family.
The Jesuits claimed the land that the synagogue sat on was theirs, but the Jews were able to prove otherwise. Bythe center of the city was filled with Jewish stores, and the population increased steadily, despite a significant number of deaths that occurred due to the frequent invasions on the previous century.
Bythe first two original Jewish communities no longer existed as such, and the main Jewish quarter lay outside the walls of the old city. Most Jews at this time were shopkeepers or craftsmen. However, due to the overcrowding, unhealthy living conditions and a typhoid epidemic, many perished. Economic conditions worsened when Jews were cut off from the markets in Danzig and Leipzig.
They were excluded from the grain trade as well as from traditional leaseholdings. They made a resurgence however when they entered the trade business between Russia and Austria.
The city boasted a Jewish hospital as well as an orphanage. It was around this time that Jews began to be accepted into Lvov University, and the rise of the professional class was underway. These professionals together with the sons of wealthy merchants became the first adherents to the Haskalah the Jewish enlightenment.
A Jewish elementary school was founded inas well as a Temple that held bat mitzvah classes for girls.
Hasidisma sect of Orthodox Judaismalso began to spread around this time, and Lvov became the center of the Hasidic movement by the end of the 18th century. Still, other sects were prominent in the city, and ina Reform synagogue was erected.
The first Zionist organizations were organized in the s, which published periodicals and formed youth groups. Jews played a leading role in industry, banking and commerce throughout the latter half of the 19th century.
There were also several Jewish doctors and lawyers, but most were still tradesman, such as shopkeepers, artisans and peddlers. A new Jewish hospital, one of the best in Polandand orphanage were unveiled as well. Cultural as well as professional life also flourished, with an outpouring of Hebrew and Yiddish literature and the establishment of a Jewish theater.
With the outbreak of World War I, Lvov saw thousands of refugees arrive in the city, fleeing persecution by the Cossacks. The Russians took the city on September 3,after the Austrians withdrew. Lvov had remained under Austrian control from until this time. About 16, Jews fled.
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