The Jewish Cultural Tapestry: International Jewish Folk Traditions

The Jewish Cultural Tapestry: International Jewish Folk Traditions

by Steven M. Lowenstein

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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)

About the Author

Steven M. Lowenstein is Isadore Levine Professor of Jewish History at the University of Judaism. He lives in Los Angeles, California.

Table of Contents

Acknowledgmentsxi
Introductionxv
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

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Finally a book is available for the Jewish and non-Jewish reader that explains both the common thread and the differences of Jewish customs throughout the world. Clearly the author has a strong scholarly background, but this book is a lively read. Especially fascinating are the chapters on vernacular languages, cuisine (with recipes), music (with notations), and the new field of genetics. The author treats each custom with equal respect; nothing is described as being weird or exotic. Numerous action maps explain migrations and cultural changes, and the many illustrations of actual people add to the accessibility of this usually dry subject. It is a must for personal, synagogue, and secular libraries.