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Simon J. Bronner and Caspar Battegay

Print publication date: 2019

Print ISBN-13: 9781906764869

Published to Liverpool Scholarship Online: February 2021

DOI: 10.3828/liverpool/9781906764869.001.0001

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Settings of Silver: The Feminization of the Jewish Sabbath, 1920–1945

Settings of Silver: The Feminization of the Jewish Sabbath, 1920–1945

(p.69) Two Settings of Silver: The Feminization of the Jewish Sabbath, 1920–1945
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Amy K. Milligan

Liverpool University Press

This chapter addresses the emergence of Jewish homemaking guidebooks, with particular attention to their description of sabbath preparation, that culminated the feminization of the American Jewish sabbath. It argues that the feminization of the sabbath was seen as necessary to ensure the survival of Judaism in America through a contextualized understanding of the changes in sabbath observance. It also mentions the agency of Jewish Sisterhoods that promoted a female-driven synagogue life, as demonstrated through their self-published guidebooks. The chapter recounts how east European Jews negotiated with German American Jews on facing the diasporic problem of maintaining cultural continuity within a dominant society that held conflicting values and norms. It describes Jewish spirituality saw a drastic shift between 1920 and 1945 due to assimilation pressures.

Keywords:   Jewish homemaking, homemaking guidebooks, American Jewish sabbath, Judaism, sabbath observance, Jewish Sisterhoods, synagogue life, Jewish spirituality

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