were directed mainly to imparting elementary synagogue skills, but not toward broadening Jewish historical and cultural knowledge. Jewish Baghdadi identity was maintained through the medium of family loyalty, practiced in home and synagogue festivities. Though Judaeo-Arabic speech was soon lost, much of Jewish traditional practice was retained until the dispersion of the community in 1942. Most Jewish shops remained closed on Sabbaths and festivals. People endowed the synagogue with an incredible number of Torah scrolls in memory of deceased relatives (no less than 126, according to the author!). The book has vivid accounts of the warmth of Jewish Baghdadi family life in Rangoon, followed, not inconsistently, by a chapter on the harsh segregation practiced vis-à-vis the Bene Israel. But the community never recuperated from the ordeal of the 1942 flight to India, though the Calcutta Baghdadis received the refugees warmly. After the war, the majority of the Rangoon people dispersed, and in the process lost much of their remaining tradition. The author has done a service to Jewish studies by this engagingly written book, documenting a community that has largely disappeared. She has also done a service to the descendants of the people described, who are enabled through
Shofar: An Interdisciplinary Journal of Jewish Studies – Purdue University Press
Published: Feb 14, 2009
It’s your single place to instantly
discover and read the research
that matters to you.
Enjoy affordable access to
over 18 million articles from more than
15,000 peer-reviewed journals.
All for just $49/month
Query the DeepDyve database, plus search all of PubMed and Google Scholar seamlessly
Save any article or search result from DeepDyve, PubMed, and Google Scholar... all in one place.
Get unlimited, online access to over 18 million full-text articles from more than 15,000 scientific journals.
Read from thousands of the leading scholarly journals from SpringerNature, Elsevier, Wiley-Blackwell, Oxford University Press and more.
All the latest content is available, no embargo periods.
“Hi guys, I cannot tell you how much I love this resource. Incredible. I really believe you've hit the nail on the head with this site in regards to solving the research-purchase issue.”Daniel C.
“Whoa! It’s like Spotify but for academic articles.”@Phil_Robichaud
“I must say, @deepdyve is a fabulous solution to the independent researcher's problem of #access to #information.”@deepthiw
“My last article couldn't be possible without the platform @deepdyve that makes journal papers cheaper.”@JoseServera