A Cultural History of Jewish Dress (Dress, Body, Culture) by Eric Silverman

By Eric Silverman

A Cultural heritage of Jewish Dress is the 1st accomplished account of the way Jews were distinct by means of their visual appeal from old Israel to the current. for hundreds of years Jews have wearing unique how you 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 background of Jewish gown, reading how Jews and non-Jews alike debated and legislated Jewish clothes elsewhere, in addition to outlining the massive debates on costume in the Jewish neighborhood today.

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

The ebook additionally bargains the 1st research of the way younger Jewish adults this day announce on caps, shirts, or even undergarments their striving to remodel Jewishness from a non secular and historic background into an ethnic id that's hip, racy, and irreverent. attention-grabbing and accessibly written, A Cultural heritage of Jewish Dress will entice anyone attracted to the principal position of garments in defining Jewish identity.

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