Passover Seder / Edition 1

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Overview

Each spring Jewish people throughout the world celebrate Passover with the ritual of the Seder. Through a detailed anthropological and symbolic analysis, Cernea shows why the Seder continues to be a fundamental part of the process by which Jewich society creates and defines itself. In an age in which ritual observance among Jews is on the decline, this ancient ritual is still vital. In this cohesive volume, Cernea uses anthropological theories, history, folklore, religious writings, and personal observation to explain how the Seder permits participants to see their current experience through the prism of society's history. The Seder plate, with its ordinary foods presented in an extraordinary manner, gives voice to other concepts vital to Jewish culture long after the Seder is over. Originally published in 1981 by the University of Pennsylvania Press.
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Editorial Reviews

Shofar: An Interdisciplinary Journal Of Jewish Studies
I believe that it is the best sustained discussion of Jewish ritual and liturgy employing an anthropological framework which is currently available.
— D. Bruce Rosenstock, University of California, Davis
Shofar: An Interdisciplinary Journal Of Jewish Studies
...a detailed anthropological and symbolic analysis...
Shofar: An Interdisciplinary Journal Of Jewish Studies - Nathan Katz
...will continue to be read by all interested in the Seder ritual, whether as scholars or as ritual performers.
Shofar: An Interdisciplinary Journal Of Jewish Studies - Egon Mayer
A marvelously readable blend of scholarship and celebration; provides a thoughtful guide to the ancient Jewish ritual meal.
Shofar: An Interdisciplinary Journal Of Jewish Studies - Dr. Jacob J. Staub
It is wonderful news that The Passover Seder is available once again! This was a groundbreaking work when it was first published, and it remains a refreshing and eye-opening analysis of the seder that casts new light on an age-old ritual.
Shofar: An Interdisciplinary Journal Of Jewish Studies - D. Bruce Rosenstock
I believe that it is the best sustained discussion of Jewish ritual and liturgy employing an anthropological framework which is currently available.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780819199263
  • Publisher: University Press of America
  • Publication date: 6/28/1995
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 200
  • Product dimensions: 6.52 (w) x 9.02 (h) x 0.62 (d)

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