This Day in Jewish History / The Sanhedrin of Paris convenes at the behest of Napoleon
The body representing Jews from around the empire met to draft answers to Napoleon's questions about Jewish practice.
On February 9, 1807, the newly constituted Sanhedrin of Paris convened, under the authority vested in it by the Emperor Napoleon. The establishment of this body, intended to be an heir to the court and governing body of the same name that existed briefly in ancient Israel in the years before and after the destruction of the Second Temple, came in the wake of Napoleon’s emancipation of the...
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