By Roni Weinstein

"Marriage Rituals Italian type: A historic Anthropological standpoint on Early glossy Italian Jews" is the 1st accomplished try to current the wealth of basic files when it comes to marriage rituals in Jewish Italian groups - responsa, inner most letters, courtroom protocols, defamating books, love tales, fabric items - and position them in old context. The e-book lines the chronological process diverse levels of marriage (matchmaking, betrothal, the marriage day), and in addition adopts a thematic point of view. Marriage rituals replicate key matters in neighborhood Jewish tradition: kinfolk lifestyles, gender, the adolescence sub-culture, sexuality, the makes use of of estate, and the dignity ethos. Jewish marriage rituals in Italy are published as strangely just like these in their Catholic acquaintances, and suffer related swap technique.

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Studies in the History of Popular Culture (in Hebrew), ( Jerusalem: Zalman Shazar Center, 1996), 6–11. In this volume, see also Esther and Robert Cohen, “Popular and Elite Culture: An Illusory Contrast,” 13–30. See 28 introduction further, claiming that “popular culture” as a separate body is a fabrication of small social groups seeking to change the cultural atmosphere. For this purpose, they invent a fictitious enemy, over which they wield power and social control. They create a cultural construct that perceives the whole of mass culture as an entity bereft of historical dimensions, which has preserved the same features since time immemorial.

Given these circumstances, one might erroneously conclude that the marriage ritual has no history, and that it has remained stable and uniform throughout. D. diss, Hebrew University of Jerusalem, 1996). See also Isaiah M. Gafni, “The Institution of Marriage in Rabbinic Times,” in The Jewish Family: Metaphor and Memory, ed. David Kraemer (New York: Oxford University Press, 1989), 13–30. 28 Umberto Cassuto, Gli ebrei a Firenze nell’età del Rinascimento (Firenze: Galletti e Cocci, 1918), 220–222. the research field, the method, the sources 15 creation of a family.

Cohen (Princeton, Princeton University Press, 1988), 50–70. In the same volume, see Howard E. Adelman, “Leon Modena: The Autobiography and the Man,” 19–49. For a review of Cohen’s book, see Elliot S. Horowitz, “The Autobiography of a Seventeenth Century Venetian Rabbi,” review of Life of Judah, by Leon Modena,” JQR 81 (1991): 453–461. 16 introduction contract [ketubbah]. The father claims, “I am spending the money for the wedding and, therefore, I want the wedding to abide by my custom,” but this claim could also be used to release the groom from this expense [as stated in the agreement].

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