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By Eric Silverman

A Cultural background of Jewish Dress is the 1st finished account of the way Jews were uncommon via their visual appeal from historical 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 correct earthly roles of guys and ladies. This vigorous paintings explores the wealthy heritage of Jewish costume, studying how Jews and non-Jews alike debated and legislated Jewish clothes elsewhere, in addition to outlining the massive debates on gown in the Jewish group today.

Focusing on tensions over gender, ethnic id and assimilation, every 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 used to be garments so vital to immigrant Jews in the United States? Why do Hassidic Jews put on black? while did yarmulkes develop into bar mitzvah souvenirs?

The publication additionally bargains the 1st research of the way 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 id that's hip, racy, and irreverent. attention-grabbing and accessibly written, A Cultural historical past of Jewish Dress will entice anyone attracted to the important function of garments in defining Jewish identity.

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