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Jews Welcome Coffee
Tradition and Innovation in Early Modern Germany
Robert Liberles



The Tauber Institute Series for the Study of European Jewry

Brandeis
2012 • 190 pp. 6 x 9"
Jewish Studies / Jewish History / Agriculture & Food Production

$35.00 Paperback, 978-1-61168-246-5
$85.00 Hardcover, 978-1-61168-245-8

$34.99 Ebook, 978-1-61168-247-2

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A lively look at how coffee affected Jewish life in early modern Germany

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 seventeenth and eighteenth 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.

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ROBERT LIBERLES (1944-2012) held the David Berg and Family Chair in European History at Ben Gurion University in Beersheva.



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