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Jewish Passages (S. Mark Taper Foundation Book in Jewish Studies)

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American or Middle Eastern, Ashkenazi or Sephardi, insular or immersed in modern life—however diverse their situations or circumstances, Jews draw on common traditions and texts when they mark life's momentous events and rites of passage. The interplay of past and present, of individual practice and collective identity, emerges as a central fact of contemporary Jewish experience in Harvey E. Goldberg's multifaceted account of how Jews celebrate and observe the cycles of life. A leading anthropologist of Jewish culture, Goldberg draws on his own experience as well as classic sources and the latest research to create a nuanced portrait of Jewish rituals and customs that balances the reality of "ordinary Jews" with the authority of tradition.

Looking at classic rites of passage such as circumcision and marriage, along with emerging life-milestone practices like pilgrimage and identity-seeking tourism, Jewish Passages aptly reflects the remarkable cultural and religious diversity within Judaism. This work offers a new view of Jewish culture and history with the individual firmly situated at their center by blending anecdote and historical vignettes with rabbinic, midrashic, and anthropological insights; by exploring Sephardi and Ashkenazi traditions as well as modern ideologies; and by bringing into sharp relief the activities of women and relations with Gentile neighbors. As such, this book provides a unique window on the particulars—and the significance—of personal and communal acts of identification among Jews past, present, and future.

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A multifaceted account of how Jews celebrate and observe the cycles of life. A leading anthropologist of Jewish culture, Harvey Goldberg draws on his own experience as well as classic sources and the latest research to create a nuanced portrait of Jewish rituals and customs that balances the reality of "ordinary Jews" with the authority of tradition.

Synopsis:

Includes bibliographical references (p. 285-354) and index.

Synopsis:

"Goldberg's breadth of knowledge is particularly impressive. Here is a scholar who has read everything, and has produced a rich, first-rate book that is both comprehensive and accessible, making Jewish customs meaningful even to non-specialists. A scholarly achievement that is also a great bar-mitzvah gift, with tremendous value for anyone in Jewish Studies including rabbis and members of synagogue study groups."—Jack Kugelmass, Irving and Miriam Lowe Professor and Director, Jewish Studies Program at Arizona State University

"Sweeping in its reach and richly informative in its details. Jewish Passages offers a treasury of wonderfully interesting information. This is a work that will not be lost. " Samuel C. Heilman, author of When a Jew Dies

About the Author

Harvey E. Goldberg is Professor of Anthropology at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem and the editor of The Life of Judaism (California, 2001). He is the author of Jewish Life in Muslim Libya: Rivals and Relatives (1990), and Cave Dwellers and Citrus Growers: A Jewish Community in Libya and Israel (1972).

Table of Contents

List of Illustrations

Acknowledgments

List of Abbreviations

1. Being Jewish

2. Beginnings: Birth, Circumcision, and Naming

3. Rituals of Education

4. Marriage

5. Pilgrimage and Creating Identities

6. Death, Mourning, and Remembering

7. Bonds of Community and Individual Lives

Appendix 1. Outline of a Circumcision Ceremony (Brit Milah)

Appendix 2. Ceremony for Naming a Daughter (Zeved Ha-bat)

Appendix 3. Tefillin and the Shma

Appendix 4. Elements of the Marriage Service and Blessings

Notes

Glossary

Index

Product Details

ISBN:
9780520206939
Author:
Goldberg, Harvey E.
Publisher:
University of California Press
Location:
Berkeley
Subject:
Jewish way of life
Subject:
Customs & Traditions
Subject:
Judaism
Subject:
Fasts and feasts
Subject:
Life cycle, human
Subject:
Jewish studies
Subject:
Judaism - Rituals & Practice
Subject:
Anthropology - General
Subject:
Judaism -- Customs and practices.
Subject:
Sociology-Jewish Studies
Subject:
Judaism - General
Edition Description:
Trade Cloth
Series:
S. Mark Taper Foundation Book in Jewish Studies
Series Volume:
107-292
Publication Date:
20031031
Binding:
HARDCOVER
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Illustrations:
24 b/w photographs
Pages:
392
Dimensions:
9 x 6 x 1 in 1.09 lb

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Product details 392 pages University of California Press - English 9780520206939 Reviews:
"Synopsis" by , A multifaceted account of how Jews celebrate and observe the cycles of life. A leading anthropologist of Jewish culture, Harvey Goldberg draws on his own experience as well as classic sources and the latest research to create a nuanced portrait of Jewish rituals and customs that balances the reality of "ordinary Jews" with the authority of tradition.
"Synopsis" by , Includes bibliographical references (p. 285-354) and index.
"Synopsis" by ,
"Goldberg's breadth of knowledge is particularly impressive. Here is a scholar who has read everything, and has produced a rich, first-rate book that is both comprehensive and accessible, making Jewish customs meaningful even to non-specialists. A scholarly achievement that is also a great bar-mitzvah gift, with tremendous value for anyone in Jewish Studies including rabbis and members of synagogue study groups."—Jack Kugelmass, Irving and Miriam Lowe Professor and Director, Jewish Studies Program at Arizona State University

"Sweeping in its reach and richly informative in its details. Jewish Passages offers a treasury of wonderfully interesting information. This is a work that will not be lost. " Samuel C. Heilman, author of When a Jew Dies

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