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.
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