Jews Welcome Coffee

Tradition and Innovation in Early Modern Germany

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Author: Robert Liberles

Series: Tauber Institute Series for the Study of European Jewry

Tracing the introduction of coffee into Europe, Robert Liberles challenges long-held assumptions about early modern Jewish history and shows how the Jews harnessed an innovation that enriched their personal, religious, social and economic lives. Focusing on Jewish society in Germany in the 17th and 18th centuries, and using coffee as a key to understanding social change, Liberles analyzes German rabbinic rulings on coffee, Jewish consumption patterns, the commercial importance of coffee for various social strata, differences based on gender and the efforts of German authorities to restrict Jewish trade in coffee, as well as the integration of Jews into society.

Subject: Jewish Studies

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