The power struggle that broke out between the Senate and the Citizensâ€˜ Council of the city
at the end of 17th century
could, it was hoped, be resolved with the help of a revised constitution that
would restore political stability. The Imperial Decree for Jews of 1710, the Judenreglement, became a legal component of the new city
constitution, the Basic Law [so-called Hauptrezess] of 1712. In the Staatsarchiv
Hamburg, the text is not preserved in its original
form but rather as a twenty-page parchment document, the confirmation of the
Regulations by Emperor
dating from July 17, 1717. His late brother,
Joseph I (d.
1711), had issued the Decree for Jews on September 17, 1710 as a reordering of the legal
status of Jews and as part of an intended revision of the Hamburg
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New Decree for the Jewish Population of Hamburg/ Both the Portuguese and the High German Nation, from the Date 7 September in the Year 1710. Hamburg (the so-called Judenreglement) [Excerpt] (translated by Richard S. Levy), edited in: Key Documents of German-Jewish History,
<https://dx.doi.org/10.23691/jgo:source-29.en.v1> [January 21, 2018].