Download e-book for kindle: A Question of Belief (Commissario Brunetti, Book 19) by Donna Leon

By Donna Leon

ISBN-10: 0143118951

ISBN-13: 9780143118954

"Brunetti is a wonder: shrewdpermanent, cultured, and devoted to his work." --The Washington Post

Commissario Guido Brunetti longs to flee the crowds of holiday makers and oppressive warmth of Venice in August. yet sooner than he can subscribe to his relatives on vacation within the mountains, a folder containing courtroom documents lands on his table. An previous good friend suspects a sinister cause at the back of a neighborhood court's infamous inefficiency. in the meantime, Brunetti's colleague, Inspector Lorenzo Vianello, is worried approximately his aunt's surprising- and expensive-interest in astrology and enlists the commissario's aid. simply while it sort of feels Brunetti should be capable of make his getaway, a brutal crime shocks the town and he forces himself to shake off the warmth and get all the way down to work.

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On Jewish preaching in Eastern Europe, see Jacob Elbaum, Petihut ve-Histagrut: Ha-Yezirah ha-Ruhanit be-Folin u-ve-Arzot Ashkenaz be-Shalhe ha-Me'ah ha-16 (Jerusalem, 1990), pp. 223-247. On the Sephardic preacher, see Joseph Hacker, "The Sephardic Sermon in the Sixteenth Century" [Hebrew], Pe'amim 26 (1986): 108-127. 6. The scholarly literature on Italian Jewish preaching is also limited. See Robert Bonfil, Rabbis and Jewish Communities in Renaissance Italy, trans. from the Hebrew by Jonathan Chipman (Oxford, 1990), pp.

148-167); and David Ruderman, "A Jewish Apologetic Treatise from Sixteenth-Century Bologna," Hebrew Union College Annual 50 (1979): 253-276. 8. On Jewish life in Renaissance Italy, see the standard surveys of Cecil Roth, The Jews in the Renaissance (Philadelphia, 1959); Moses A. Shulvass, Jews in the World of the Renaissance (Leiden and Chicago, 1973); and Attilio Milano, Storia degli ebrei in Italia (Turin, 1963). See also Robert Bonfil, Rabbis and Jewish Communities; David B. Ruderman, The World of a Renaissance Jew (Cincinnati, 1981).

The word was probably first used to describe an area in Venice, supposedly because it had once been the site of a foundry (getto-casting), selected as early as 1515 as the compulsory residential quarter for Jews. With the passage of Pope Paul IV's infamous bill Cum nimis absurdum in 1555, the ghetto of Rome came into being, and similar quarters gradually spread to most Italian cities throughout the next century. 11 The notion of the ghetto fit well into the overall policy of the new Counter-Reformation papacy.

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