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News of both first arrived there late in the sixteenth century, and in the seventeenth their dissemination proceeded somewhat haltingly. In the eighteenth century, however, both became integral features of the nightlife of Italian Jewry. The vigils of Shavuot and Hoshana 83. Charles Thompson, Travelsof the Late Charles Thompson,ContainingHis Observations on France, Italy, Turkey in Europe, 1744, vol. 1, p. 257. On Mediterranean religiosity, see the brief but suggestive remarks of Braudel, Mediterranean World, pp.
Rieger, GeschichtederJuden in Rom (Berlin, 1895), vol. 2, p. 316; on Modena see Tishby, "The Confrontation," pp. 35-45, where R. Abraham Berachia's comments on developments in other communities are also quoted. On Venice and Verona see Elliott Horowitz, "Jewish Confraternal Piety in the Veneto in the Sixteenth and Seventeenth Centuries," in G. , Gli Ebrei e Venezia(Milan, 1987), pp. 304 ff. 46. Simonsohn (Mantua, p. 557) points to its existence in 1637, but from the testimony of R. Aaron Berachia of Modena we know of its existence a decade earlier.
When it is midnight for us, in other places a third of the night will not yet have passed, and vice versa. . "42R. 43Both Italianauthorsflirtedwith the idea of midnight but shied away from even suggesting that prayer or study be regularly pursued at that inconvenient hour. Duringthe periodin whichthey werewriting,the predawnrite of Shomrim la-Boker was flourishing in Italy. Between the end of the sixteenth century and the late 1620s no less than seven separate editions of liturgies 42. Jacob Alperon, Responsa Nahalat Ya'akov(Padua, 1622), pp.