Symbolic Houses in Judaism: How Objects and Metaphors Construct Hybrid Places of Belonging, 1st Edition (Hardback) book cover

Symbolic Houses in Judaism

How Objects and Metaphors Construct Hybrid Places of Belonging, 1st Edition

By Mimi Levy Lipis


264 pages

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pub: 2011-04-28
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Investigating Jewish spatial practices by exploring the symbol of the house in Judaism, this book examines two groups of houses: ritual objects based on the iconology of the house (ritual houses) and house metaphors (the text, community and the covenant with god as house). This unique pairing is explored as place-making tools which exist in a constant state of tension between diaspora and belonging. Containing many photographs of historical and contemporary artefacts from Europe, Israel and the United States, this book maps out the intersection of architecture, Jewish studies, cultural and gender studies and opens up the discussion of distinctly Jewish objects and metaphors to discourses taking place outside explicitly Jewish contexts.


'Mimi Levy Lipis takes her readers on a lively journey through the multitude of symbolic houses in Judaism. Her pioneering work links diverse disciplines, exploring both real and metaphorical houses. Through the splendid visual material of the sukkah, taken from her photographic field research, symbolic houses and ritual places become lived spaces.' Alexandra Nocke, Researcher in Cultural Studies, Exhibition Curator and Author

Table of Contents

Contents: Preface; Introduction; Situating the house; The ritual houses; The house as a metaphor; Spaces and places in the sukkah; Glossary; Bibliography; Index.

About the Author

Mimi Levy Lipis is an architect, curator, artist and researcher in cultural studies. She works on the material and symbolic aspects of space and the interdependence of the two. In her work she combines creative practice with theoretical analysis, reaching beyond disciplinary boundaries. She teaches gender studies, architecture, and Jewish studies at various universities worldwide and is the author of several books about Jewish spatial practices.

About the Series

Ashgate Studies in Architecture

Ashgate Studies in Architecture
The discipline of Architecture is undergoing subtle transformation as design awareness permeates our visually dominated culture. Technological change, the search for sustainability and debates around the value of place and meaning of the architectural gesture are aspects which will affect the cities we inhabit. This series seeks to address such topics, both theoretically and in practice, through the publication of high quality original research, written and visual. Topics to be covered include the following: Architectural history and theory and their relationship to the development of the discipline, building conservation, heritage and creative adaptation. The formal and aesthetic values of architectural design, the diversity of its expression of identity, and its representation in other media. The impact of technological innovation on the materialisation of architecture and the questions surrounding environmental sustainability, experimentation and visionary design The social and psychological context of architectural production, its relationship to occupants, clients and to other creative and professional disciplines, and the political situation in which it is commissioned. Proposals will be welcomed which explore or connect aspects of these themes. Subjects which deal with individual architects, with specific buildings or building types, and the critical interpretation of historical and contemporary architecture from a theoretical or philosophical perspective are particularly encouraged. Architecture's embodiment of technical, social, and aesthetic aspects will also be emphasised.

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Jewish Studies