This volume presents papers delivered at the 24th Annual Klutznick-Harris Symposium, held at Creighton University in October 2011. The contributors look at all aspects of the intimate relationship between Jews and clothing, through case studies from ancient, medieval, recent, and contemporary history. Papers explore topics ranging from Jewish leadership in the textile industry, through the art of fashion in nineteenth century Vienna, to the use of clothing as a badge of ethnic identity, in both secular and religious contexts.
Unshod on Holy Ground: Ancient Israel’s “Disinherited” Priesthood, by Christine Palmer
How Do You Know a Jew When You See One?: Reflections on Jewish Costume in the Roman World, by Steven Fine
From Iconic O to Yellow Hat: Anti-Jewish Distinctive Signs in Renaissance Italy, by Flora Cassen
How Should a Rabbi Be Dressed? The Question of Rabbinical Attire in Italy from Renaissance to Emancipation (Sixteenth–Nineteenth Centuries), by Asher Salah
The Clerks’ Work: Jews, Clerical Work, and the Birth of the American Garment Industry, by Adam D. Mendelsohn
Ella Zirner-Zwieback, Madame d’Ora, and Vienna’s New Woman, by Lisa Silverman
Photographers, Jews, and the Fashioning of Women in the Weimar Republic, by Nils Roemer
Weimar Jewish Chic: Jewish Women and Fashion in 1920s Germany, by Kerry Wallach
Unbuttoned: Clothing as a Theme in American Jewish Comedy, by Ted Merwin
“What a Strange Power There Is in Clothing”: Women’s Tallitot, by Rachel Gordan
Aboriginal Yarmulkes, Ambivalent Attire, and Ironies of Contemporary Jewish Identity, by Eric K. Silverman
Leonard J. Greenspoon is Professor of Classical and Near Eastern Studies and of Theology and holds the Klutznick Chair in Jewish Civilization at Creighton University.