Kashrut, Caste and Kabbalah: The Religious Life of the Jews of Cochin

By: Nathan Katz & Ellen S. Goldberg (Authors)

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Contents Introduction. 1. Rituals and identity. I. The religious life of the Jews of Cochin 2. The royalty of the autumn sacred cycle. 3. Spring rites an ascetic passover. 4. A Shabbat interlude. 5. Life cycle rituals every bridegroom is Joseph Rabban. 6. Jewish Apartheid and a Jewish Gandhi. 7. Some speculations about caste Jewish survival and Hindu tolerance. 8. Why did they leave India. 9. Rebirth in Israel. Bibliography. Index. 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. This book is based on a year of participant observation field work in Cochin as well as detailed studies of relevant historical materials and primary documents and extensive interviews with members of the community. Printed Pages: 181

Title: Kashrut, Caste and Kabbalah: The Religious Life of the Jews of Cochin

Author Name: Nathan Katz & Ellen S. Goldberg (Authors)

Categories: Sociology, India,

Publisher: New Delhi, Manohar Publishers & Distributors:

ISBN: 8173046387

ISBN 13: 9788173046384

Binding: Hardcover

Book Condition: New

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Keywords: Kashrut, Caste and Kabbalah: The Religious Life of the Jews of Cochin Nathan Katz & Ellen S. Goldberg (Authors)