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Kashrut, Caste and Kabbalah free pdf Kashrut, Caste and Kabbalah is a study of the religious life of the ancient Jewish community at Cochin, in south India. The authors argue that the Cochin Jews acculturated into a hospitable Indian society by adapting Hindu motifs, symbols and practices into their religious life. At the same time, by remaining knowledgeable about and faithful to Jewish law, they avoided assimilation, or the loss of a distinct identity. It was the tolerant nature of Hindu culture that lay behind their acculturation, and the hierarchical structure of Hindu society that made assimilation impossible. Therefore, Jews found an ideal home in traditional India, one that afforded them status for maintaining their distinct religious and cultural identity. This research is located at the intersection of Jewish Studies and South Asian Studies, and explores theoretical issues from the fields of religious studies, cultural anthropology, history, literature, and psychology. The authors use their data as a basis for advancing understanding of the dynamics of identity generation, and presents a fresh approach to the study of majority-minority group relations in India. The book is based on a year of participant-observation fieldwork in Cochin, as well as detailed studies of relevant historical materials and primary documents, and extensive interviews with members of the community.

About Nathan Katz

Nathan Katz is the Bhagwan Mahavir Professor of Jain Studies and Professor of Religious Studies at Florida International University. A specialist in both South Asian and Jewish Studies, his fifteen books include: Studies of Indian-Jewish Identity (1995) and Kashrut, Caste and Kabbalah: The Religious Life of the Jews of Cochin (2005), both published by Manohar, as well as Buddhist Images of Human Perfection (1982), Ethnic Conflict in Buddhist Societies (1988), The Last Jews of Cochin: Jewish Identity in Hindu India (1993), Who Are the Jews of India? (2000), Indo-Judaic Studies for the 21st Century (2007), and a book of memoirs, Spiritual Journey Home: From Eastern Mysticism to the Western Wall (2009). He is co-editor of the Journal of Indo-Judaic Studies. Ellen S. Goldberg is a programme coordinator with the Greater Miami Jewish Federation. In that capacity, she coordinates outreach and educational efforts to strengthen Jewish identity and also directs an initiative to get young people to Israel on long- and short-term programmes. A journalist and photographer with vast experience in both fields, she has widely published articles and exhibited her photographs in the USA and in Israel.

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Author : Nathan Katz
Publisher : Manohar Publishers and Distributors
Data Published : 01 January 2005
ISBN : 8173046387
EAN : 9788173046384
Format Book : PDF, Epub, DOCx, TXT
Number of Pages : 214 pages
Age + : 15 years
Language : English
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