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Minhag Italia, Variations of Jewishness in the Nineteenth Century Through the Prism of Italian Prayer Books

Hosted By: The National Library of Israel (NLI)

Sometimes, it’s all about the tiny clues that pop up gradually over time, hinting at major changes underneath the surface…

Prayer books encompass every aspect of Jewish life, from every day prayers to the special occasions of the High Holidays. For this reason, they are the most frequently printed type of book in Judaism. In spite of their prominence in Jewish life, prayer books have received insufficient academic attention, because they have been considered as stable factors, whose dynamics would be unworthy of analysis.

Indeed, it is true that prayer books maintained a certain uniformity in space and time, but the small changes of the different editions can actually represent substantial shifts in the political and cultural (self) perception of a specific Jewry, in a specific place and time.

This lecture will delineate the main traits of Dr. Alessandro Grazi’s ongoing research project on Italian Jewish prayer books printed in the long Nineteenth Century.

This event begins at noon EST and 7 PM in Israel.

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