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Can somone provide some background for this like who was on it and what the Beis Din addressed and what was Napoleons motivation for it and what was the Jewish response?

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Closing as off topic (Jewish History), although NARQ would have been reasonable as well. –  Double AA Sep 19 '12 at 13:05
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closed as off topic by Double AA Sep 19 '12 at 13:06

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I can't vouch for its accuracy, but you may want to see http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Grand_Sanhedrin.

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You got to give more than one link –  whiskey Feb 2 '11 at 3:30
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I "got to" meaning I was allowed to (as in "no fair! He got to clean the floor and I didn't!") or I "got to" meaning I must (i.e., I have got to)? I don't understand either one, so perhaps there's some other meaning I'm missing.... –  msh210 Feb 2 '11 at 3:50
    
msh210, It does not sound like a real Beis Din to me! Sanctioning intermarriage among other things is not within the authority of the Sanhedrin (unless it is Zimri's Sanhedrin! ;-) –  Yahu Feb 2 '11 at 23:31
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R'Yahu, I agree. Are you saying that what I linked to must not be what the questioner meant, inasmuch as I linked to a faux bes din and he asked about a real one? Perhaps you're right, but I suspect he was referring to the one I linked to. –  msh210 Feb 2 '11 at 23:43
    
'It is what the questioner meant. It is just that Napoleon's "Sanhedrin" was of the "enlightened" variety. –  Yahu Feb 6 '11 at 22:31
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