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Beginningin the 1870s, Baghdadcorrespondents in and India instances note of disregard cals published Germany,Poland, for Orthodox Jewish practice, such as patronizingof coffeehouses and music-makingon the Sabbathand, after the turn of the century,writing in commercialledgers on the Sabbath(Yehuda1984). ComparablematerialfromBaghdadproper,by and large,reflectsthe old-timereligion. A pharmacistwas employedtogetherwith non-Jewishcolleagues, and before beginningwork, he used to change his clothes (apparentlyto don a medical cloak).

Suchis the case evenconcerning notablewhomone wouldhonoroutsidethe synagogue. However,if thecase leaders(mi-yehidey happensto be of a famousrichnotableof thecommunity aboutthis,thenit is permissible to risein his ha-qahal),andhe is punctilious honor,so as to avertstrife. He worries, however, that the improperexpansionof the categoriesof people entitledto overt gesturesof respectwill lead to unseemlyconductin a house of worship. The Baghdadisage, in explicatingthese Sabbathpractices,emphasizedthe social niceties of his time.

Ketubot62b for severalsuchaccounts. 44. See David Biale, "Ejaculatory Prayer:The Displacementof Sexualityin Chasidism," Tikkun6, no. 4 (July-August1991): 21-25, 87-89; andAda Rapaport-Albert, "OnWomenin in JewishHistoy: Essays in Hasidism,S. A. Horodeckyand the Maid of LudmirTradition," Honourof ChimenAbranmsky ed. Ada Rapoport-Albert and Steven J. Zipperstein(London, 1988), pp. 495-525. Still moreparadoxically,we find on the thresholdof modernityone of the most widespreadmovementsof sexualasceticismin Jewishhistory"(p.

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