The power struggle that broke out between the Senate and the Citizens‘ 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 State Archive
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> [June 19, 2019].