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Today in Jewish History - August 13 / Av 12

1551 August 13, SIGISMUND II AGUSTUS (Poland)

King Sigismund Augustus
The last Jagello monarch of Poland issued a proclamation which permitted Jews to elect their own chief rabbi and judges, answerable only to the King. It is appropriately called the "Magna Carta of Jewish Self-Government". He also permitted Jews to settle in Vilna without restrictions other then being limited to certain streets.


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