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Returningto ourcommentaryin the MekhiltaofRabbi Ishmael,the text continues: theissueof divinespeechin andoutside [5F] If you wereto say [regarding theLandof Israel]:I canclaim[thecaseof] theprophets,to whom[divinespeech]wasspokenoutsideof theLand,[thenit couldbecountered that]eventhoughit wasspokento themoutsideof theLand,it was[still] onlyspokento thembecauseof themeritof theforefathers. 32. Jaffeein "TheOral-Cultural in Schtifer, The Contextof theTalmud Yerushalmi," TalmudYerushalmiin Graeco-RomanCultureI.

SEZ, ch. 165, 2:107; see Benayahu,Qapsali, 121. 22. SEZ, ch. 166, 2:109. 23. The closest parallelis Boccaccio, who linkedthe compositionof his Decameronto the Florentineplague of 1348 (althoughhe was out of town at this time); see GiovanniBoccaccio, Decameron, Filocolo, Ameto,Fiammetta,ed. E. Bianchi, C. Salinari,and N. ), Novella 1, 7-9; for more details, see Jacobs,Islamische Geschichte,79-80. 24. Capsali complains that "almostall of our contemporariesare inclined towardsnon-Jewish wisdom (hokhmatnokhriyot),"(see SEZ,chap.

Cooperman,"VenetianPolicy towardsLevantineJews in Its BroaderItalianContext,"in Cozzi, Ebrei e Venezia,65-84. 11. See BenjaminArbel, "Veniceand the Jewish Merchantsof Istanbulin the SixteenthCentury,"in The Mediterraneanand the Jews: BankingFinance and InternationalTrade(XVI-XVIIICenturies), ed. Ariel Toaff and Simon Schwarzfuchs(RamatGan: Bar Ilan University,1989), 39-56, updatedversionin idem, TradingNations:Jews and Venetiansin the EarlyModernEasternMediterranean (Leiden:Brill, 1995), 13-28.

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