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Children, Toys, and Judaism

Laura Arnold Leibman

Laura Arnold Leibman is a Professor of English and Humanities at Reed College in Portland, Oregon (USA). Her fields of interest are Jewish American studies and religion and American culture prior to the American Civil War. Her publications include Messianism, Secrecy and Mysticism: A New Interpretation of Early American Jewish Life (Vallentine Mitchell 2012). Her current research uses material culture to explore the topic of Jews and race during the emancipation debates that swept the Americas in the 1790s–1830s. In this chapter, she explores the tools scholars have used for analyzing toys, and recent ultra-Orthodox Jewish engagements with the toy industry. Author affiliation details are correct at time of print publication.

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...IntroductionHis small, round face has all the innocence of a Renaissance putti: red lips in a tight bow, a faint blush on his cheeks, pug nose, upward-turned blue eyes, and a slight smile even an archaic Greek statue would envy. Yet rather...

Early American Mikva’ot: Ritual Baths as the Hope of Israel

Laura Arnold Leibman

Laura Arnold Leibman is a Professor of English and Humanities at Reed College in Portland, Oregon (USA). Her fields of interest are Jewish American studies and religion and American culture prior to the American Civil War. Her publications include Messianism, Secrecy and Mysticism: A New Interpretation of Early American Jewish Life (Vallentine Mitchell 2012). Her current research uses material culture to explore the topic of Jews and race during the emancipation debates that swept the Americas in the 1790s–1830s. In this chapter, she explores the tools scholars have used for analyzing toys, and recent ultra-Orthodox Jewish engagements with the toy industry. Author affiliation details are correct at time of print publication.

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American Jewry : Transcending the European Experience?

Bloomsbury Academic, 2017

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... by and courtesy of Stevan Arnold, 2010Photo by Laura Leibman, 2008.Perhaps the most intriguing feature of the Neveh Shalom mikveh is its ingenious design: the mikveh is on the first floor (rather than sunk into the ground), and the bather descended...