TITLE: Jews and Shoes
SPEAKER: Edna Nahshon
EVENT DATE: 2008/12/11
FORMAT: Video + Captions
RUNNING TIME: 57 minutes
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Shoes are an integral part of Jewish material culture according to Edna Nahshon, author of "Jews and Shoes" (Berg Publishers, 2008). The book takes a fresh look at the makings and meanings of shoes, cobblers and barefootedness in Jewish experience. The book shows how shoes convey theological, social and economic concepts, and as such are intriguing subjects for inquiry within a wide range of cultural, artistic and historic contexts.
Speaker Biography: A graduate of Tel Aviv University and New York University, Edna Nahshon is a professor of Hebrew at the Jewish Theological Seminary in New York and senior associate at the Center of Hebrew and Jewish Studies at Oxford University.