Lecture on Takkanot Kandiyah by Martin Borýsek

 BorysekLectureLegislating Jewish Candia –

Takkanot Kandiyah as a statement on authority and continuity in a Venetian-era Cretan Jewish community


A lecture by Martin Borýsek (Postdoctoral Research Fellow at the Centre for Medieval Literature, University of York, United Kingdom)

Introduction: Nicholas de Lange (Emeritus Professor of Hebrew and Jewish Studies at the University of Cambridge and Visiting Rabbi at Etz Hayyim Synagogue)



On Tuesday, 3 October at 8 pm at Etz Hayyim Synagogue.



In the context of medieval and early modern Jewish legal literature, Takkanot Kandiyah is a unique historical source and literary work. This collection of communal bye-laws end other legal documents written in Hebrew records more than 300 years in the history of the Jewish community in Candia (Herakleion) during the time when it was the capital of Venetian Crete and offers us an unprecedented insight into the social and everyday life of Cretan Jews.