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Feasting and FastingThe History and Ethics of Jewish Food$
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Aaron Gross, Jody Myers, and Jordan D. Rosenblum

Print publication date: 2020

Print ISBN-13: 9781479899333

Published to NYU Press Scholarship Online: September 2020

DOI: 10.18574/nyu/9781479899333.001.0001

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A Brief History of Jews and Garlic

A Brief History of Jews and Garlic

(p.147) 5. A Brief History of Jews and Garlic
Feasting and Fasting

Jordan D. Rosenblum

NYU Press

This chapter investigates the historical association between Jews and garlic. In the process, it explores how garlic functions both internally (by Jews) and externally (by non-Jews) as a symbol that represents Self and Other; or, in the terminology favored in anthropology and food studies, how garlic operates as a metonym for Jews. In doing so, it references a wide variety of sources, including biblical and rabbinic texts, Chaucer’s Canterbury Tales, vampire lore, and 1960s rock music.

Keywords:   Jews, garlic, Self and Other, anthropology, food studies, metonym, biblical, rabbinic, Chaucer, vampire

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