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Jews at Home : The Domestication of Identity (Paperback)

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For a Jew, describing a place as ''home'' conveys connotations of heritage as well as of residence. Additionally, feeling ''at home'' suggests a sense of comfort in one''s social surroundings. The questions at the heart of this volume are: what things make a home ''Jewish,'' materially and emotionally, and what is it that makes Jews feel ''at home'' in their environment? The material dimensions are explored through a study of the symbolic and ritual objects that convey Jewishness and a consideration of other items that may be used to express Jewish identity in the home - something that the introduction identifies as ''living room Judaism.'' The discussion is geographically and ethnically wide-ranging, and the transformation of meaning attached to different objects in different environments is contextualized, as, for example, in Shalom Sabar''s study of hamsa amulets in Morocco and Israel. For diasporic Jewish culture, the question of feeling at home is an emotional issue that frequently emerges in


Publisher Littman Library of Jewish
Mfg Part# 9781904113461
SKU 208039909
Format Paperback
ISBN10 190411346X
Release Date 6/1/2010
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