HASKAMAH (Askamah; Heb. אַסְכָּמָה ,הַסְכָּמָה; “agreement,” “approbation”), in Jewish literature, a term with several meanings: (1) Rabbinic approval and approbation of the legal decisions of colleagues, usually attached to the original legal decision and circulated with it. These haskamot sometimes amplify the original, by including additional sources and pointing out implications. (2) In the Spanish and later also in the Italian and Oriental communities, the term was used for the statutes and ordinances enacted by the communities (see*Ascama). (3) In the philosophical literature of the Middle Ages, “consensus,” “harmony between entities,” “pre-established harmony” (see Klatzkin, Thesaurus Philosophicus 1, 185–6). (4) More commonly, the recommendation of a scholar or rabbi to a book or treatise.
JVLThis entry [by Moshe Carmilly-Weinberger, from the Encyclopaedia Judaica, © 2008 The Gale Group, on the Jewish Virtual Library website] deals with the last meaning.

About Sinai

Post-doctoral fellow at the Polonsky academy, Jerusalem. Interested in text mining the language of dedications, prefaces, letters to the reader and other mainly - but not only - Early Modern kinds of paratext, and more generally, in what the digital humanities may hold for the study of paratext.
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