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Takanot shel megorashe Kasʹtilia asher be-Fas.
Manuscript in Hebrew on paper.
[Morocco], 17th century.
MS X893 M6858
Rare Book and Manuscript Library

Many Jewish communities enacted laws in order to protect members from potential animosity of the non-Jews around them.  This manuscript of legislation from the Portuguese community of Fez (Morocco) shows a community law that was distinct to Jews in Muslim lands: the leaf here describes the self-imposed prohibition against selling wine to non-Jews.  Although the Jews were not the only non-Muslims in Fez, the Jews maintained a sensitivity to the Muslim prohibition against wine, and thus did not sell alcoholic beverages to any non-Jews in the city.




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