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5; cf. vol. 1, p. 323; vol. 3, p. 5, n. 2. Weinreich's earliest citation for the term "Ashkenaz"used in its broadersense (Ashkenaz II) is from R. Anshel, Mirkevetha-mishneh(Cracow, 1534). The name "Ashkenaz"did not lose its earliernarrowerconnotation, so there is an ambiguity that can be seen, for instance, in a quotationfrom R. On similar ambiguities in the meaningsof "Germany"and "German"in the sixteenth century,see Istvin Bejczy, "ErasmusBecomes a Netherlander,"TheSixteenthCenturyJournal 28 (1997), pp.

405 -425; Meir Rafeld, "'Hilkheta kevatra'ei' es el HakhmeiAshkenaz u-Folin ba-Me'ot ha-15-16: Meqorot u-Sefihin," Sidra 8 (1992), pp. 119-140; IsraelYuval,"Rishonimve-'aharonim,Antiquiet moderni:toda'at ha-zemanve-toda'ah 'asmit be-Ashkenaz,"Zion 57 (1992: 369-394). 272 The Reception of the Shulhian 'Arukh heaven,justas theHouseof Hilleldid.... IntheDiaspora,in thelandsof the Polishcrown,in Bohemia,Moravia,andGermany,the [practice]has spread to renderdecisions in accordancewith his views .... In this generation, we followthe opinionsof R.

278 Two Cases of Adultery and the Halakhic Decision-Making Process A word of caution:A reading of all of Sirkes' responsa might suggest that he did not share some of the juridical assumptionsnoted above. Perhapsnot, but he never invokedthe divine as the source of his insights or as a participantin the judicial process. 8 Sirkesknew thathe and he alone was the authorof his decisions. 9 Case One The seventh commandmentof the Decalogue is unequivocal: "Thou shall not commit adultery"(Exodus 20:13).

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