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Social Relations

Robert Liberles

in Jewish Daily Life in Germany, 1618-1945

Published in print March 2005 | ISBN: 9780195171648
Published online January 2010 | e-ISBN: 9780199871346 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195171648.003.0007
Social Relations

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This chapter shows that although residential and economic factors brought Jews into continual contact with Christians, Jews maintained most of their social relations with other Jews. Spare time activity and social relations may have been at a premium and are among the least researched spheres of Jewish daily life, but this should not imply that Jews did not enjoy leisure activities. Many males studied in their spare time. They also occasionally gambled, drank, and traveled together. Some males joined societies that provided companionship, and in a few communities, women formed such societies as well. Usually Jews and Christians encountered each other primarily in business, but some maintained sporadic casual relations as well.

Keywords: German Jews; Christians; social relationships; Germany

Chapter.  4418 words. 

Subjects: Early Modern History (1500 to 1700)

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