Harvey Ellis Goldberg

Harvey Ellis Goldberg
Hebrew University of Jerusalem | HUJI · Department of Sociology and Anthropology

Ph.D.

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The religious life of Israelis deemed masorti-"traditional," who resist being labeled "religious" or "non-religious," has received minimal ethnographic attention. Scattered encounters with Jews from Libya, relating to women in public ritual, reveal a range of masorti orientations. Masorti life is also challenged by orthodox norms, an ongoing proces...
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RitualMythSymbolHistorical Change and Comparison: Passover as an ExampleReferences
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Historical research on Jewish and Christian minorities within the Muslim world typically refers to the notion of dhimmi in which religious tradition formulates the relations between Muslim rule and subjects. Rulers should protect the life and property of religious minorities, while members of these communities must accept certain restrictions appro...
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New lines of inquiry are presented concerning ongoing ties between Jews from the Maghrib, who now live in Israel and in France, and their natal lands. These are concretised in the activities of voluntary associations (French: amicales; Hebrew amutot) devoted to preserving the memories of, and in some cases connections to, their former communities....
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This eleven-chapter collection is a colorful potpourri of essays on customs, celebrations and practices among contemporary Jews. It includes articles on Bar and Bat Mitzvahs and weddings, but in other ways the title can be misleading. "Today's Jews" refers primarily to Jews in the United States; only Irit Koren's essay on the interest of Modern Ort...
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DalsheimJoyce. Unsettling Gaza: Secular Liberalism, Radical Religion, and the Israeli Settlement Project. New York: Oxford University Press, 2011. xi + 219 pp., endnotes, bibliography, index. Cloth US$74 ISBN 978–0-19–975120-4. - Volume 45 Issue 1
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Both p o pu l ar a nd l e a rn e d understanding assume that Jewish holidays and their component rituals are intimately linked to sacred texts. Discovering a calendar-based celebration that seems to have no parallel elsewhere within an established Jewish community invites questions from a variety of directions. Examples of such festivities are the...
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Previous studies of rural North African Jewish groups have not directly confronted the problem of the scale of these communities. In reconstructing the culture of Tripolitanian Jewry, which migrated to Israel in 1949, the question of scale is examined by assessing the degree to which the rural communities and Tripoli shared cultural traits. The app...
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This paper explores various factors that influence the rigidity of stratification in three Middle Eastern village communities. Analyses of a Lebanese community and a Turkish community have suggested eight factors that influence, both positively and negatively, the rigidity of stratification. These factors concern (1) symbol systems of elite unity,...
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This article looks at how working-class Ethiopian women, who have migrated to Israel, have sought empowerment and economic control through the establishment of rotating credit associations known as iqqub. In the changing world of Ethiopian Israeli women, iqqub associations and their specific cultural manifestations constitute a highly meaningful ex...
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This article sketches historical shifts in the meanings and associations of the term “Sephardi.” Post-Iberian migrations and the post-emancipation perception of European Jews potentially made “Sephardi” the main marker of the “Eastern half” within binary ethnic discourse reflecting the “ingathering” of Jews in Palestine and the Stat...
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This book discusses cults surrounding sainted figures in Islam, and secondarily in Judaism, from many points of view. It urges researchers to go beyond “the traditional methods of interpreting Jewish and Islamic texts,” and to probe the “human dimension of spirituality.” It maintains that studying the practices, beliefs, and idiosyncratic deeds dir...
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There has been growing interest in orientalist constructions of Jewish groups. One claim is that orientalist scholars assume the right to speak for those they deem incapable of representing themselves. An opportunity to examine this claim appears in the work of Nahum Slouschz regarding Jews in Libya in the early twentieth century, as his travel in...
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Jewries at the Frontier: Accommodation, Identity, Conflict. Sander L. Gilman and Milton Shain. eds. Urbana: University of Illinois Press, 1999.401 pp., tables, index.
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Abraham on Trial: The Social Legacy of Biblical Myth. Carol Delaney. Princeton, NJ: Princeton University Press. 1998.334 pp.
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The Jews of Tripoli trace the formation of their community in modern times to the sixteenth century. Systematic information on communal organization is available from the late eighteenth century onward. In this essay, Harvey Goldberg, Professor of Anthropology at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, outlines the traditional communal structure, and a...
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SimonRachel. Change Within Tradition Among Jewish Women in Libya. Seattle: University of Washington Press, 1992. vii, 221 pp - Volume 20 Issue 2 - Harvey E. Goldberg
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An ethnographic portrait of the 'Western Wall' (kotel) in Jerusalem, is presented. The kotel is viewed as a pilgrimage site, a 'place of memory', and a location linked to a story. Most discussions of the kotel stress its history and archaeology, while this study utilizes ethnography to understand the meanings of the site to a range of social catego...
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Purim and its Relatives in Tripoli : Comparative Perspective on the Social Uses of Biblical Stories. The story of Purim in the biblical book of Esther, provided a text which animated and was used to interpret Jewish life throughout the ages. Its relevance to Jewish communal life in the Diaspora was poignant because it takes place in setting where J...
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In 1949 more than 35,000 Jews lived in Libya, but close to ninety percent had left before Libya attained its independence in 1952. Jewish Life in Muslim Libya combines historical and anthropological perspectives in depicting the changing relations between Muslims and Jews in Libya from the early nineteenth century up to the middle of the twentieth...
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The analytic tools of anthropology originally were fashioned on smallscale tribal groups that possessed no written traditions. After World War II, as anthropologists became involved in the study of complex societies in different “developing areas,” the discipline began to relate its findings to the concerns of other fields. Simultaneously, scholars...
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Sketches the development, achievements, and reception of a community-based educational program for disadvantaged Israeli youths. Stresses the importance of the youths' view of their own development cycle and the significance of the youths' brief (as opposed to protracted, Western-style) adolescence. (RDN)
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The situation of the Jewish community in Tripoli, at the end of the eighteenth and beginning of nineteenth century, is described and analyzed. The Jews had the official status of dhimmis under Islamic law, but this definition allowed a wide range of participation in economic and social life. The cultural delineation of the Jews' position itself cou...
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There have been various anthropological conceptions concerning cultural minorities in the traditional Middle East. One model, the cultural mosaic (Coon 1958), stresses the cultural and religious autonomy of groups in contrast to their interdependence in the marketplace. Another view emphasizes the dominance of Islamic culture which clearly leaves i...
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The problems of evaluation research on a program tor disadvantaged youth in a development town in Israel are discussed. The program was initiated by an outside agency which did not mesh easily with local politics. Personnel who matched the requirements of the program were not easily found. The distance between the steering committee and the actual...
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A common criticism of field studies of culture change is that they depend on a great deal of reconstruction after the fact. Even in instances where one community has been studied at two different points in time, these studies often do not reveal the intervening processes of change. Van Velsen (1967) has suggested the method of 'extended case analys...
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As Libya is the smallest in population of the four Magẖreb countries, so Libyan Jewry was less numerous than those of Morocco, Algeria, and Tunisia. Jewish settlement in rural Tripolitania is quite old. A tombstone reportedly found near Tajura dating from the tenth century (Cazés 1890; Slouschz 1927: 11–12) and El-Bekri's eleventh century mention o...

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