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By Eric Silverman

A Cultural background of Jewish Dress is the 1st entire account of ways Jews were special by way of their visual appeal from old Israel to the current. for hundreds of years Jews have wearing precise how one can converse their devotion to God, their non secular identification, and the right kind earthly roles of guys and girls. This energetic paintings explores the wealthy historical past of Jewish gown, interpreting how Jews and non-Jews alike debated and legislated Jewish clothes elsewhere, in addition to outlining the massive debates on gown in the Jewish neighborhood today.

Focusing on tensions over gender, ethnic id and assimilation, each one bankruptcy discusses the that means and symbolism of a particular period or form of Jewish gown. What have been biblical and rabbinic models? Why was once garments so very important to immigrant Jews in the United States? Why do Hassidic Jews put on black? whilst did yarmulkes turn into bar mitzvah souvenirs?

The e-book additionally deals the 1st research of ways younger Jewish adults at the present time announce on caps, shirts, or even undergarments their striving to rework Jewishness from a non secular and old background into an ethnic identification that's hip, racy, and irreverent. interesting and accessibly written, A Cultural background of Jewish Dress will entice anyone attracted to the vital position of garments in defining Jewish identity.

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