Persistence and Flexibility

Persistence and Flexibility

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Using a variety of anthropological approaches, the authors illustrate how the Jewish identity has persisted in the United States despite great subcultural variation and a wide range of adaptations. Within the various essays, attention is given to both mainstream Jews and to the Hasidim, Yemenites, Indian Sephardim, Soviet Emigres, and a€œJews for Jesus.a€ Institutions such as the family, the school, and the synagogue, are considered through techniques of participation/ observation and in archeological research. Persistence and Flexibility provides a means of viewing the Jewish community through the prism of key events, or rituals, and symbols.Jewish ritual observance: a mezuza on the door or neck, a celebration of Hanukkah and of the Passover seder, a Bible or ... of use to the non-Orthodox who fail to count the days of the omer between Passover and Shavuot.5 Only the Orthodox, anbsp;...

Title:Persistence and Flexibility
Author:Walter P. Zenner
Publisher:SUNY Press - 2012-02-01


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