The Jewish Family: Metaphor and Memory

Hardcover | April 30, 1999

EditorDavid Kraemer

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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assumptions about the traditional Jewish family are mistaken, this outstanding collection of essays--many previously unpublished--by thirteen leading scholars, explores the subject both in its historical reality and as it has been perceived and imagined byJews over the centuries.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 andresponded 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; andthe Jewish family in the community, where different Jewish cultures have preserved central elements of the tradition while developing unique expressions of family life.

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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assumptions about the traditional Jewish family are mistaken, this outstanding collection of essays--many previously unpublished--by thirteen leading scholars, explores the subject both in its historical reality and as it has been perceived and imagined byJews over the centuries. Writing for a confer...

David Kraemer is at Jewish Theological Seminary.

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:264 pages, 8.5 × 5.75 × 1.06 inPublished:April 30, 1999Publisher:Oxford University Press

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ISBN - 10:0195054679

ISBN - 13:9780195054675

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"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