Jewish Culture explore the many musical, experiential and ceremonial expressions of the Jewish experience through culture.
Explore various expressions of Jewish culture including biblical, Hellenistic, Judeo-Arabic, Sephardic, Ashkenazic, Eastern European, American and Israeli. As we analyze Jewish culture across time and space, we will discuss how Jews both adopted the cultural assumptions of their neighbors and adapted these traditions to preserve
a distinct identity.
History of Jewish Culture
Jewish Culture and History is an inter-disciplinary journal which brings together the best of current research in Jewish social history with innovative work in Jewish cultural studies. The journal includes cutting-edge research by younger scholars as well as established specialists, reviews of recent publications, and a documents section in each issue reproduces selected primary materials from archives and lesser-known resources for the study of Jewish culture and history. The journal explores previously neglected areas of the Jewish experience from a range of different perspectives including Jewish popular culture, social and political history, literary and cultural representation of Jews, and the global contexts of Jewish culture and history.
Jewish Culture And Traditions
The Jews have rich culture incorporating assorted ethnic backgrounds, languages and geographic locations. If you are an inquisitive vacationer and looking to explore the historical opulence of Jewish culture in Morocco, planning an excursion to the country with Morocco-Jewish-Tours.com is an ultimate option for you. Morocco Jewry has progressed as an amalgam of several cultures that have created the country itself, namely Arab, Jewish, Spanish, Berber and French. Here are given some of popular Jewish traditions.
‘Mimouna’ is celebrated on the night after Passover ends, by most Moroccan Jews. Usually the celebration is during evening, but afternoon barbecues and picnics are also common.
Conventional Henna parties are an important part of the Jewish culture in Morocco and take place before special occasions like baby showers, Jewish wedding and Bat Mitzvah. During a Henna party, any older member of the family, usually the grandmother applies henna on the palms of the bride and the groom to emblematically bless them good health, wisdom, and security. It is believed that the henna protects the newlywed couple from demons. After the henna is applied to the groom and the bride, guests can also apply henna on their palms to bring good luck. As per the Jewish culture in Morocco, the bride is not allowed to do household chores till her henna fades off.
Jewish holidays in Israel are traditionally accompanied by very special meals, when families gather together and retell the ancient stories of the land of Israel. The Passover dinner, for example, comes to remind us the story of Exodus. When Moses lead his nation out of the life of slavery in Egypt, the people had only one night to get prepared for the journey. The dough for the bread patties they were making for the road did not have enough time to rise with the help of yeast. In Passover dinner, Jews still eat flat crispy bread, much like crackers called matza. Bread especially made for Saturday night dinner is called challah. It is a sweet fluffy white sesame seed topped bun in the form of a braid. Jews, whose ancestors lived in Ethiopia make a spongy sour dough bread called injera. A large flat bread by the name of Lafa, similarly to quesadilla is used to wrap meat, salad and condiments inside it.
Though the Jews dress up according to the style of adopted nation, they also love to wear traditional clothing during celebrations like Mimouna, weddings, Bar Mitzvahs or intimate gatherings like Shabbat dinner. As per the Jewish culture in Morocco, men mostly dress in a white jellaba (also known as jellabiya) and women wear ornate kaftans.