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The Jewish Family : Metaphor and Memory - David Kraemer

The Jewish Family

Metaphor and Memory

By: David Kraemer (Editor)

Hardcover Published: 9th February 1989
ISBN: 9780195054675
Number Of Pages: 260

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Carefully arguing that many common assumptions about the traditional Jewish family are mistaken, this outstanding collection of essays--many previously unpublished--by thirteen leading scholars, explores the subject both in its historical reality and as it has been perceived and imagined by Jews over the centuries. Writing for a conference held at the Jewish Theological Seminary of America the contributors, including Robert Alter, Mordecai Friedman, Paula Hyman, and Moshe Idel, reveal the Jewish family to be a variegated, rich, and complicated institution that has adapted and responded to the many different cultures in which Jews have made their homes. Individual essays examine Jewish marriage in rabbinic, medieval, and modern times; marriage as a literary and artistic metaphor; childhood and adolescence in Judaism and the role of the mother as ethical instructor; and the Jewish family in the community, where different Jewish cultures have preserved central elements of the tradition while developing unique expressions of family life.

"A valuable contribution toward piecing together a coherent picture of what the family has meant in Jewish life and in the Jewish imagination."--Journal of Religion "[This is] a collection of essays by 13 scholars considering the norms of the Jewish family at particular times and places, finding it more complex and adaptable than much nostalgic or scornful literature would indicate."--The Jewish Journal "A rich compendium on a wide variety of topics, including a section on the little studied subject of childhood and adolescence."--Jewish Spectator "A useful introduction to the subject. No academic library should be without it."--Religious Studies Review "This is a scholarly collection of papers which provides new insights and which should stimulate further research on the many aspects of the history and of the structure of the Jewish family."--Jewish Journal of Sociology "A valuable contribution toward piecing together a coherent picture of what the family has meant in Jewish life and in the Jewish imagination."--Journal of Religion "[This is] a collection of essays by 13 scholars considering the norms of the Jewish family at particular times and places, finding it more complex and adaptable than much nostalgic or scornful literature would indicate."--The Jewish Journal "A rich compendium on a wide variety of topics, including a section on the little studied subject of childhood and adolescence."--Jewish Spectator "A useful introduction to the subject. No academic library should be without it."--Religious Studies Review "This is a scholarly collection of papers which provides new insights and which should stimulate further research on the many aspects of the history and of the structure of the Jewish family."--Jewish Journal of Sociology

Introductionp. 3
Marriage as an Institution
The Institution of Marriage in Rabbinic Timesp. 13
Marriage as an Institution: Jewry Under Islamp. 31
Jewish Medieval Marriage Customs in Art: Creativity and Adaptationp. 47
Childhood and Adolescence
Images of Childhood and Adolescence in Talmudic Literaturep. 65
Jewish Children and Childhood in Early Modern East Central Europep. 81
Lost Childhood in East European Hebrew Literaturep. 95
Family and Community
From Father to Son: The Inheritance of Spiritual Leadership in Jewish Communities of the Middle Agesp. 115
Family and Community in Sephardic North Africa: Historical and Anthropological Perspectivesp. 133
Marriage and Torah Study Among the Lomdim in Lithuania in the Nineteenth Centuryp. 153
The Modern Jewish Family: Image and Realityp. 179
Family Relations as Metaphor
Sexual Metapors and Praxis in the Kabbalahp. 197
Literary Refractions of the Jewish Familyp. 225
Indexp. 243
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ISBN: 9780195054675
ISBN-10: 0195054679
Audience: Professional
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 260
Published: 9th February 1989
Publisher: Oxford University Press Inc
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 21.59 x 14.61  x 3.18
Weight (kg): 0.5