Welcome to Jewish Women's Wills!
Jewishwomenswills.org collects all known extant wills written for Jewish women until around 1600 CE. It is a collaborative project spearheaded by Rena Lauer, associate professor of history and religious studies at Oregon State University. See the About page for more on the project, or to get involved.
This website is currently under construction. Please note that this is a TEST SITE. It will be constantly in flux. Please excuse the mess!
Wills written in vernacular Romance languages, including Spanish, Portuguese, Venetian, French, and others.
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Oro, the wife of a scion of a well-known family, dictates a long Hebrew will in early summer of 1463 when is she healthy, as she says, in both body…
Sitt al-Husn was married to a scholar/judge, and dictated her deathbed will on a Saturday. Due to the prohibition of writing on Sabbath, the will…
This will is part of the so-called "Girona Geniza," which is a collection of Hebrew documents which were preserved because they were reused as book…