Marriage Rituals Italian Style: A Historical Anthropological Perspective on Early Modern Italian Jews

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Marriage Rituals Italian Style: A Historical Anthropological Perspective on Early Modern Italian Jews is the first comprehensive attempt to present the wealth of primary documents relating to marriage rituals in Jewish Italian communities - responsa, private letters, court protocols, defamating books, love stories, material objects - and place them in historical context. The book traces the chronological course of different phases of marriage (matchmaking, betrothal, the wedding day), and also adopts a thematic perspective. Marriage rituals mirror key issues in local Jewish culture: family life, gender, the youth sub-culture, sexuality, the uses of property, and the honor ethos. Jewish marriage rituals in Italy are revealed as surprisingly similar to those of their Catholic neighbors, and undergo similar change process.

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'I recommend this volume highly to those interested in Jewish Studies, the history of religion and ritual, anthropology, and popular culture. Weinstein offers us a comprehensive and intelligent guide to the richness and complexity of marriage rituals in early modern Italy.'
Diane Wolfthal, Sixteenth Century Journal, 2005.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9789004133044
  • Publisher: Brill Academic Publishers, Inc.
  • Publication date: 10/31/2003
  • Series: Brill's Series in Jewish Studies Series, #35
  • Pages: 518
  • Product dimensions: 6.58 (w) x 9.68 (h) x 1.52 (d)

Meet the Author

Roni Weinstein, Ph.D. (1996) in Early Modern Jewish History, Hebrew University of Jerusalem, currently teaches at Tel-Aviv University. He has published on various aspects of Jewish-Italian cultural and social history: family life, education, sexuality, the ghetto, the youth culture, exorcism.
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Table of Contents

List of Abbreviations
Introduction: The Research Field, The Method, The Sources, The Research Questions 1
Ch. 1 "An Auspicious Time For Finding Mates": Matchmaking (Stage One) - Finding A Partner 52
Ch. 2 "Matchmaking Is Much Like Betrothal": Matchmaking (Stage Two) - Signing And Publishing The Tenaim 113
Ch. 3 "The Issue Is Not The Ring, But The Publicity": Kiddushin Public And Hidden 154
Ch. 4 "A Woman's Voice Is Lewdness": Gossip, Honor and Social Control in the Marriage Ritual 213
Ch. 5 "To Give Her Gifts and Betroth Her by the Law of Moses and Israel": Gifts and the Marriage Ritual 262
Ch. 6 "Shame on the Youth who Aches for Women": The Marriage Ritual as Seen by the Young 311
Ch. 7 "Mirth And Clowning On This Matter": The Wedding Day - Between Pious Joy And Carnival 351
Summary: Marriage Rituals Italian Style 453
Bibliography 477
Index 505
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