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Home PageTalmud and Rabbinic Literature The Jewish Life Cycle: Custom, Lore and Iconography
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The Jewish Life Cycle: Custom, Lore and Iconography
Jewish Customs from the Cradle to the Grave
By Daniel Sperber
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This volume describes the major "rites of passage" of the Jewish life cycle. From
birth, through circumcision, to marriage, divorce, sickness, death and mourning, Daniel Sperber presents detailed descriptions of the major customs attending these events. These customs are examined in light of their original sources, their integration and evolution in varying Jewish communities, and the popular explanations given for their practice, both historically and today.
This book draws on the whole spectrum of rabbinic literature, comparing its stories and explanations with folk beliefs of other cultures throughout the world. Sperber makes use of a wide range of resources - medieval and modern, legal, folkloristic, anthropological and literary - in his discussion of customs, proving that Jewish communities were never isolated from their environment. He also examines in depth the earliest origins of many of our well-known and commonly practiced Jewish customs.
This book makes use of iconographic material found in illustrated books written by non-Jews describing Jewish practice. These illustrations are analyzed in detail, constituting yet another rich source for the understanding of the evolution of Jewish customs.
Customs, by their nature, are often taken for granted. In this book, Daniel Sperber offers an expert, detailed, and lively analysis of some of the most and least commonly practiced customs in Jewish tradition.

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Co-published with Oxford University Press.

Title Details
Danacode: 110-20117
ISBN: 978-965-226-334-6
Categories: Talmud and Rabbinic Literature Jewish History Publications in English English eBooks
Published: May 2008
Edition: First
Language: English
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17X25 cm
1230 gr
676 pages

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