The Jewish Cultural Tapestry: International Jewish Folk Traditions

The Jewish Cultural Tapestry: International Jewish Folk Traditions

by Steven M. Lowenstein
     
 

Here, in one compact volume, is an illuminating survey of Jewish folkways on five continents. Filled with fascinating facts and keen insights, The Jewish Cultural Tapestry is a richly woven fabric that vividly captures the diversity of Jewish life.
All traditional Jews are bound together by the common thread of the Torah and the Talmud, notes author Steven

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Here, in one compact volume, is an illuminating survey of Jewish folkways on five continents. Filled with fascinating facts and keen insights, The Jewish Cultural Tapestry is a richly woven fabric that vividly captures the diversity of Jewish life.
All traditional Jews are bound together by the common thread of the Torah and the Talmud, notes author Steven Lowenstein, but this thread takes on a different coloration in different parts of the world as Jewish tradition and local non-Jewish customs intertwine. Lowenstein describes these widely varying regional Jewish cultures with needlepoint accuracy, highlighting the often surprising similarities between Jewish and non-Jewish local traditions, and revealing why Jewish customs vary as much as they do from region to region.
From Europe to India, Israel to America, The Jewish Cultural Tapestry offers an engaging overview of the customs and folkways of a people united by tradition, yet scattered to the far corners of the earth.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780195158007
Publisher:
Oxford University Press, USA
Publication date:
12/05/2002
Edition description:
National Jewish Book Award Winner
Pages:
304
Product dimensions:
8.80(w) x 7.00(h) x 0.60(d)

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments
Introduction
Folk Traditions: What Are They and Why Do They Vary Geographically?1
Regional Cultures: From Jerusalem to Spain, Poland, and Morocco: The Influence of Jewish Migrations11
Jewish Languages: Similarities and Differences49
Names: What They Mean and How They Developed69
Religious Practice: How the Written Tradition Unites and the Oral Tradition Divides85
Cuisine: Gefilte Fish and Cholent Meet Malawach and Couscous119
Costume: Not Just a Long Black Coat149
Music: The Religious and the Secular175
Appearance and Ancestry: "Funny, You Don't Look Jewish"197
Modernity and the Tradition: What Has Modernity Done to Jewish Folk Cultures?229
Suggestions for Further Reading247
Credits253
Index261

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