Assimilation and Digestion: An Anthropology of Kashrut in Postmodern America

By Eleni Zatz Litt

Reconstructionist Rabbinical Association (RRA), Fall 1996

Given that setting a kashrut standard for a Jewish event is often necessary, and admitting that the default tends to be to lean towards a more traditional standard of dietary practices, the author undertakes an anthropological discussion of how kosher dietary practices function in modern American diverse and pluralistic communities and suggets that that practice can be reconstructed so as to both maintain common ground among diverse communities while supporting both the practice and authenticity of reconstructionist Jewish communities.

Topic: Anthropology, Halakha, Ritual, Jewish Law, Reconstructionist Judaism, Pluralism, Kosher, Kashrut

Name of Publication: The Reconstructionist

Editor: Hirsh, Richard

Volume/Issue: Vol. 61/No. 2

Page Number(s): 59-66

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Genre: Article

Coverage: United States

Language: English

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Bibliographic Information:
Litt, Eleni Zatz. Assimilation and Digestion: An Anthropology of Kashrut in Postmodern America. The Reconstructionist. Reconstructionist Rabbinical Association (RRA). Fall 1996: 59-66.


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