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Homes Away from HomeJewish Belonging in Twentieth-Century Paris, Berlin, and St. Petersburg$
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Sarah Wobick-Segev

Print publication date: 2018

Print ISBN-13: 9781503605145

Published to Stanford Scholarship Online: January 2019

DOI: 10.11126/stanford/9781503605145.001.0001

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A Space for Judaism

A Space for Judaism

Rites of Passage and Old-New Jewish Holy Days

(p.105) Chapter 4 A Space for Judaism
Homes Away from Home

Sarah Wobick-Segev

Stanford University Press

Chapter 4 explores how the largely Ashkenazic Jewish community began to alter the ways in which it celebrated holy days, weddings, and bar mitzvahs. The chapter examines the ways in which Jewish celebration patterns were changed as they were moved out of traditional Jewish spaces and into consumer and leisure spaces. Through an examination of these religious practices, the chapter reveals debates between religious authorities and lay members of the community. Religious leaders sought both to infuse rituals with new meaning and create new practices that would strengthen individuals’ connection to the synagogue and to Judaism. The final part of the chapter explores how different Jewish groups began to change the celebration of Jewish holidays by taking a look at the popularization of holiday balls as a new means to celebrate Jewish holidays.

Keywords:   Judaism, religion, holidays and holy days, children, rites of passage, weddings, spaces, religious leadership and religious expectations, balls

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