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Symbolic Houses in Judaism: How Objects and Metaphors Construct Hybrid Places of Belonging
Investigating Jewish spatial practices by exploring the symbol of the house in Judaism, this book examines two groups of houses: ritual objects based on the iconology of the house (ritual houses) and house metaphors (the text, community and the covenant with god as house). This unique pairing is explored as place-making tools which exist in a constant state of tension betw ...more
Hardcover, 264 pages
Published April 28th 2011 by Routledge
(first published March 1st 2011)
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This book is a very thorough, accessible and engaging study of the 'House' as symbol and metaphor in Judaism. Lipis balances theory and text with photos she has taken whilst visiting Jewish neighbourhoods around the world. Her specific interest - the sukkah - connects all of her main ideas. These ritual houses that become temporary dwellings during the holiday of sukkot , and are built anew each year, are something I was unfamiliar with before reading this book. Lipis' examination of how they ar ...more