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YomTov LipmanHeller made effortsto promoteR. Asher'sDigest, as had Maharalbefore him; volumes of R. Asher were publishedin 1619 and 1628. Volumesof the Shulhan'arukh were finally published in Praguein 1688-1695. See Tchernowitz(above n. 1), pp. 185-186 on Eliyah Rabahby the PraguerabbiElijah Spira,which was writtenabout 1690 as commentaryto the Levushim, but published in the eighteenth century as a commentaryon the Shulhan 'arukh. 92 Mutatis mutandis, this notion may be applied to our story. 93Isserles felt the pressure especially keenly in the realm of law.

Cf. p. 261 (Hilkhotyamim nora'im, #7); She'elot u-teshuvotMaharil, no. 76 (ed. Yitzchok Satz [Jerusalem, 1980], p. 124. Cf. Denari,HakhmeiAshkenaz(above n. 29), pp. 284-285. 70. See the 1575 contractof the rabbiof Friedberg,in A. Kober,"Documentsselected from the Pinkasof Friedberg... " PAAJR 17 (1947), pp. 45-46. The conflicting tendencies of localism and centralizationin GermanJewry of the sixteenth and seventeenthcenturies are discussed by Zimmer, Gahalatanshel hakhamim(above n. 1), passim. 7'R.

11, n. 9 of Spitzer'sintroduction. 60. 39, 55, 68, 115, 196, 316, 322,'Even ha-'ezer par. 207. 61. See She 'elot u-teshuvotha-Rema,ed. Asher Siev (Jerusalem, 1971), nos. 53 (contrastwith 95 Italy), (with Germany), 124 (with Moravia);ed. Asher Siev, pp. 263, 417, 484. 62. See Grossman,HakhmeiAshkenazha-rishonim,p. 1, n. 1. On the origins of the term "Germany"itself as a designation for the medieval kingdom, see Karl FerdinandWerner,"Les nations et la sentimentnationaledans l'Europe m6di6vale,"Revue Historique 244 (1970), 285-304.

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