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Author Dundes, Alan.

Title The Shabbat elevator and other Sabbath subterfuges : an unorthodox essay on circumventing custom and Jewish character / Alan Dundes
Published Lanham, MD : Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, [2002]
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Description 1 online resource (xiii, 201 pages)
Contents The Concept of Custom -- The Sabbath in the Old Testament -- The Sabbath in the New Testament -- The Sabbath in Rabbinical Tradition -- The Shabbat Elevator -- The Light in the Refrigerator -- The Eruv as Symbolic Space -- Other Sabbath Customs -- The Shabbes Goy -- Circumvention and Jewish Mentality -- Obsession and Religion According to Freud -- Anal Erotic Character -- Self-Imposed Repression -- The Love of Argument
Summary This book focuses on the topic of 'circumventing custom' with special emphasis on the ingenious ways Orthodox (and other) Jews have devised to avoid breaking the extensive list of activities forbidden on the Sabbath. After examining the sources of Sabbath observance as set forth in the Old Testament, the New Testament, and rabbinical writings, some of the most salient forms of circumvention are described. Then drawing on Freud's insights as to the obsessive nature of religious ritual and his persuasive delineation of anal erotic character, an attempt is made to analyze such facets of Jewish ch
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references (pages 175-193) and index
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Subject Jews -- Psychology.
Judaism and psychoanalysis.
Prohibited work (Jewish law)
Sabbath (Jewish law)
Form Electronic book
ISBN 1461645603 (electronic bk.)
9781461645603 (electronic bk.)