Cairo Genizah : Responsa; legal document

Moses Maimonides

Cairo Genizah

<p style='text-align: justify;'>Copy of an engagement deed dated 1202 in Alexandria, sent to Maimonides with a query over whether the contract was legally binding, and the reply in Maimonides’ handwriting. The query itself did not survive, but Maimonides’ reply makes its subject matter clear. The halakhic validity of this type of contract was in doubt, and Maimonides ruled that engagement deeds were in fact permissible according to halaḵa.</p>

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