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By Eric Silverman

A Cultural historical past of Jewish Dress is the 1st entire account of ways Jews were distinct through their visual appeal from old Israel to the current. for hundreds of years Jews have wearing specific how you can converse their devotion to God, their spiritual identification, and the right kind earthly roles of fellows and ladies. This full of life paintings explores the wealthy historical past of Jewish costume, analyzing how Jews and non-Jews alike debated and legislated Jewish clothes somewhere else, in addition to outlining the massive debates on gown 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 particular period or form of Jewish costume. What have been biblical and rabbinic models? Why was once garments so vital to immigrant Jews in the USA? Why do Hassidic Jews put on black? whilst did yarmulkes develop into bar mitzvah souvenirs?

The booklet 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 ancient history into an ethnic identification that's hip, racy, and irreverent. attention-grabbing and accessibly written, A Cultural historical past of Jewish Dress will entice anyone attracted to the relevant position of garments in defining Jewish identity.

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