The exemplary life of Dolce of Worms

A famous elegy, written in the 12th century, extoles the virtues of Dolce of Worms, a medieval Jewish woman in Germany. The elegy, and its preface, were written by her husband R. Elazar who depicted his wife as the perfect Jewish woman. Renee Levine Melammed profiles husband and wife.

The dozens of tasks required of Dolce are listed in the poem, written by Elazar who ran a small yeshiva, but of equal interest is the portion of the text describing Dolce's death at the hands of robbers who targeted the family for its wealth.