Raphael Patai Series in Jewish Folklore and Anthropology
Series Editor: Dan Ben-Amos, University of Pennsylvania
The Raphael Patai Series in Jewish Folklore and Anthropology publishes books illuminating the diverse and culturally rich Jewish heritage. The series is named in honor of the many contributions of its founder and original editor, Raphael Patai.
In Tales in Context: Sefer ha-ma’asim in Medieval Northern France, Rella Kushelevsky enlightens the stories’ meanings and reflects the circumstances and environment for Jewish lives in medieval France. Although a selection of tales was previously published, this is the first publication of a Hebrew-English annotated edition in its entirety, revealing fresh insight.
"This important book provides Jewish Studies scholars, medievalists and students of European culture with a point of entry into the sources that both shape and reflect the complex worlds of medieval northern-French Jews. The profound literary, comparative and historical analysis, supplemented by an annotated edition and translation of the medieval tales and a facsimile edition of the beautiful Bodleian Library manuscript, turn this book into a treasure trove." – Ephraim Shoham-Steiner, professor in the department of Jewish history at Ben-Gurion University of the Negev
Investigates class mobility in a group of 40-50-year-old second-generation Moroccan immigrant women, members of a subordinate ethnic group in Israel.
A comprehensive survey of historical and contemporary Jewish dance.
Examines a pan-ethnic style of music created by North African and Middle Eastern Israeli musicians in the late twentieth century.
The Jewish Community of Zakho in Iraqi Kurdistan
A study of the Iraqi Jewish community of Zakho that investigates the community’s attachment to the Land of Israel, the effects of Zionist activity, and immigration to Palestine and Israel.
Surveys past and present research on Israeli anthropology for students and researchers.
Jewish Fundamentalism in the Occupied Territories
Describes and examines the attempts of Gush Emunim, a religious nationalistic social movement, to construct Israeli identity, collective memory, and sense of place.
Ritual, Music, and Aesthetics of Syrian Jews in Brooklyn
Explores the cultural connection between Syrian Jewish life and Arab culture in present-day Brooklyn, New York, through liturgical music.
The Memoirs of Yekhezkel Kotik
The first annotated English edition of a classic early-twentieth-century Yiddish memoir that vividly describes Jewish life in a small Eastern European town.
Life Histories of Female Holocaust Survivors from Hungary
A compassionate and insightful study of Hungarian women who lived through the Holocaust, with an appendix containing their complete stories.
The Sephardic Folktale
A groundbreaking and comprehensive study of the Sephardic folktale as it relates to group identity and narrative culture.
From Personal Narratives to a Group Portrait
A groundbreaking study of personal stories from ex-Soviet immigrants in Israel, bringing together scholarship in anthropology, sociology, linguistics, semiotics, and social psychology.
Voices of Israeli Backpackers
An intertextual examination of the storytelling of Israeli backpackers that analyzes their unique patterns of communication to create a thorough picture of this "narrative community."
An Ethno-Reading of Karaite Jewish Women
Portrays the experiences of Egyptian Karaites in the San Francisco Bay Area as it explores the relationship between text and everyday life, between literal reading and its translation into bodily practices—especially as related to the female body.
Settlement, Immigration, Ethnicity
Provides a broad, engaging view of Israeli society through folk stories that have circulated among settlers in the kibbutz, immigrants, and ethnic groups.
Eating and Embodiment in Medieval Kabbalah
Examining the mystical practices associated with food in zoharic kabbalah and the ways they inform us about the kabbalistic experience of embodiment.
From Soul Talks to Talk Radio in Israeli Culture
An original ethnographic study about communication and culture in Palestine and Israel during the Twentieth Century, examining three modes of communication—soul talks, straight talk, and talk radio.
Tales from the Sephardic Tradition
A collection of fifty-four Judeo-Spanish folktales taken from the rich heritage of Sephardic oral storytelling and translated into English for the first time.
The Creation of Festive Lore in a New Culture, 1882-1948
By analyzing key aspects of Hebrew culture, this book adds new dimension to the anthropological, sociological, and historical studies dealing with folklore, rituals, and festivals.
The Jewish Folklorists of Poland
An examination of the history of Yiddish folklore from Poland between the two world wars.
Cases and Contexts from the Middle Ages to the Present
A rich, multidisciplinary exploration of spirit possession among Jews.