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Kosher Feijoada and Other Paradoxes of Jewish Life in São Paulo$
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Misha Klein

Print publication date: 2012

Print ISBN-13: 9780813039879

Published to Florida Scholarship Online: September 2012

DOI: 10.5744/florida/9780813039879.001.0001

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Kosher Feijoada

Kosher Feijoada

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Kosher Feijoada and Other Paradoxes of Jewish Life in São Paulo

Misha Klein

University Press of Florida

This chapter presents some of the ways that Brazilian Jews intertwine their multiple sources of identity. The “Brazilification” of the Jewish community is evidenced through their embrace of Brazilian racial and ethnic constructs to explain their acceptance within the nation (the myth of Brazil as a “racial democracy”) and Ashkenazi-Sephardi relations (employing interracial metaphors of “mixed” marriages and institutions). The incorporation of Brazilian foodways, including where these appear to contradict Jewish practices, reveals some of the tensions inherent in navigating these contradictory identities that are also evidenced through the particular use of language employed by this community.

Keywords:   Foodways, Marriage practices, Ethnic symbols, Race relations, Jewish ethnicity

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