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Minhagim: Custom and Practice in Jewish Life
By Simha Goldin (editor), Hasia Diner (editor), Naomi Feuchtwanger-sarig (editor), Joseph Isaac Lifshitz (editor) and Jean Baumgarten (editor)
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Publisher Walter De Gruyter Inc
Publication date May 15, 2017
Pages 280
Binding Hardcover
Book category Adult Non-Fiction
ISBN-13 9783110354232
ISBN-10 3110354233
Dimensions 0 by 6.20 by 9.10 in.
Original list price $140.00
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Parallel to the Halakhic laws, the minhagim (customs) are dependent on local practices and the regional schools of sages and rabbis. The minhagim played a decisive role in the history of the Jewish communities and in the formation of traditions of religious rulings. They gave stability, continuity, and authority to the local institutions.

The impact of Jewish custom on daily life cannot be overestimated. Evolving spontaneously as an ascending process, it presents undercurrents that emanate from the folk, gradually bringing about changes that eventually become part of the legislative code. It further reflects influences of social, cultural, and mythological tendencies and local historical elements of every-day life of the period.

The aim of this volume is to examine the concept of minhag in the broadest sense of the word. Focusing on the relationship between various types of customs and their impact on every aspect of Jewish life, the volume studies the historical, anthropological, religious, and cultural development and function of rites and rituals in establishing the Jewish self-definition and the identity of the local communities that adhered to them. The volume’s articles cover the subject of custom from three perspectives: an analysis of the theoretical and legal definition of custom, an analysis of the social and historical aspects of custom, and an anecdotal study of several particular customs.

Customs are a wonderful historical prism by which to examine fluctuations and changes in Jewish life.

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With Naomi Feuchtwanger-sarig (other contributor), Hasia Diner (other contributor), Jean Baumgarten (other contributor), Simha Goldin (other contributor) | from Walter De Gruyter Inc (May 15, 2017)
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