Monday, July 19, 2010

Dressed for Success? Which kind of clothes would you think originated in Europe and which in the Middle East?

Which kind of clothing is worn by the most devout of Jews? Did the kings of Judea wear black suits with black hats? Did the rebbes in 19th century Poland wear loose robes and white keffiyehs?

Maybe it indicates something. Maybe Judaism as we know it today was forged outside of ancient Israel/Judea. Maybe what are known as its traditions were created in Europe and in Islamic Spain?

Maybe Zionist mythology about an expelled people returning to the ancient homeland is, shall we say? the mark. Who looks more at home in the Middle East? Or should we say, more of the Middle East? The Arab fashion model or the orthodox black suits?

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