Nordisk Judaistik/Scandinavian Jewish Studies https://journal.fi/nj <p><em>Nordisk judaistik/Scandinavian Jewish Studies</em> aims at promoting Jewish studies in Scandinavia by publishing scholarly articles, surveys and documents, by reviewing recent literature, and compiling bibliographies.</p> The Donner Institute en-US Nordisk Judaistik/Scandinavian Jewish Studies 0348-1646 <p>The license of the published metadata is Creative Commons CCO 1.0 Universal (CC0 1.0)</p> Editorial https://journal.fi/nj/article/view/87790 <p>Editorial for Issue 30(2) of Nordisk judaistik/Scandinavain Jewish Studies.</p> Ruth Illman Karin Hedner Zetterholm Copyright (c) 2019 Ruth Illman https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/ 2019-11-24 2019-11-24 30 2 1 2 10.30752/nj.87790 Den Judiska Kvinnoklubben (JKK) och de judiska flyktingarna under 1930- och 1940-talen https://journal.fi/nj/article/view/75673 <div class="page" title="Page 1"> <div class="section"> <div class="layoutArea"> <div class="column"> <p>In a Swedish context, Jewish women’s experiences and actions have gone unrecorded and unrecognised; most narratives of Swedish Jewish history offer only a partial account of their past. Marginalised or ignored, or absorbed into universalised categories of ‘Jews’, ‘women’ or ‘survivors’, the experiences and histories of Jewish women are in general not represented in previous Swedish research on the history of the Jewish minority, the Swedish Jewish response to the Nazi terror and the Holocaust or the history of the women’s movement in general. Previous research on the Swedish Jewish response and assistance for the Jewish refugees and survivors of Nazi persecution has mainly dealt with the Jewish community in Stockholm and its relief committee, where the women were absent from leadership positions. The purpose of this study is to explore if and how the Jewish women’s club in Stockholm initiated or was involved in relief activities for and with the persecuted Jews of Europe. Specifically, this is investigated in the context of how the club was established and manifested in public by examining what questions the club raised and what activities it organised in the 1930s and 1940s.</p> </div> </div> </div> </div> Malin Thor Tureby Copyright (c) 2019 Malin Thor Tureby https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/ 2019-11-21 2019-11-21 30 2 3 26 10.30752/nj.75673 Merchants of Helsinki https://journal.fi/nj/article/view/85933 <div class="page" title="Page 1"> <div class="section"> <div class="layoutArea"> <div class="column"> <div class="page" title="Page 1"> <div class="section"> <div class="layoutArea"> <div class="column"> <p>This article analyses a New Year’s revue from 1929 by Helsinki-born Jac Weinstein (1883–1976) and the image of the Jewish merchant. Many stereotypes concerning ethnicity and gender are at play in the revue and the line between humour, Jewish self-deprecation and antisemitic depiction of the Jew becomes blurred. The questionable business ethics of Jewish merchants is one of the core themes of the revue.The article asks what role ethnic stereotypes played in Jewish humour before the height of National Socialist racial antisemitism, and what purpose such performances served. It examines the various stereotypes found in the couplets, sketches and one-act plays in Weinstein’s kleynkunst performance against the background of transnational Jewish performing arts and current research on Jewish entrepreneurship and antisemitism in Finland.</p> </div> </div> </div> </div> </div> </div> </div> </div> Simo Muir Copyright (c) 2019 Simo Muir https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/ 2019-11-24 2019-11-24 30 2 27 45 10.30752/nj.85933 Keeping kosher or not keeping kosher in contemporary Denmark https://journal.fi/nj/article/view/77168 <div class="page" title="Page 1"> <div class="section"> <div class="layoutArea"> <div class="column"> <p>The Hebrew term kosher means ‘fit’ or ‘proper’ and it traditionally signifies foods that conform to Jewish dietary law (kashrut). This article explores how kosher is understood, practised and contested in contemporary Denmark. In recent years, the rules regulating kosher consumption have been supplemented by elaborate rules concerning globalised mass production, which have had an impact on the way people handle questions of kashrut. During the same period, global markets for kosher have proliferated; this article explores the everyday kosher consumption among Jews in Denmark in the light of these transformations. Everyday kosher consumption among a minority group such as Jews in Denmark is not well understood, and I argue that globalised forms of regulation increasingly condition this type of consumption. Even though Denmark is a small and relatively secular country and Jews comprise only about 7,000 individuals, kosher production and regulation have national economic significance. Methodologically, I build on ethnographic data from contemporary Denmark, that is, participant observation and interviews.</p> </div> </div> </div> </div> Johan Fischer Copyright (c) 2019 Johan Fischer https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/ 2019-11-24 2019-11-24 30 2 46 61 10.30752/nj.77168 Philo of Stockholm. The ecumenical heresies of Rabbi Marcus Ehrenpreis https://journal.fi/nj/article/view/86971 <div class="page" title="Page 1"> <div class="section"> <div class="layoutArea"> <div class="column"> <p>This paper was presented at the conference ‘The Marrano Phenomenon: Jewish Hidden Tradition and Modernity’, Warsaw, 16–19 September 2019. It considers the case of Marcus Ehrenpreis, chief rabbi of Stockholm (1914–48). Ehrenpreis followed in the tradition from Antiquity of Philo of Alexandria, who expressed his Jewish philosophy in Greek, and Moses Mendelssohn, who attempted to bring the principles of the Englightenment to German Jews and to promote an understanding of Judaism among non­Jews. Ehrenpreis sought to follow a similar path among the Swedes, not least in making Swedish his preferred language of writing. Although the Marrano phenomenon relates primarily to the concept of ‘borderline’ Jewishness, of which Ehrenpreis was not an exponent, it nonetheless proves fruitful to consider him from a Marrano perspective in order to extend our understanding of him as an innovative figure who sought to achieve greater understanding across the religious and cultural boundaries between Judaism and non­-Judaism.</p> </div> </div> </div> </div> Göran Rosenberg Copyright (c) 2019 Göran Rosenberg https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/ 2019-11-24 2019-11-24 30 2 62 72 10.30752/nj.86971 Angeläget men rörigt i ny bok om judiskt liv i Stockholm https://journal.fi/nj/article/view/85031 <p>Recension av boken <em>Gravstenar berättar. Judiskt liv i Stockholm 1775-1875&nbsp;</em>(Stockholmia förlag, 2018).&nbsp;</p> Karin Kvist Geverts Copyright (c) 2019 Karin Kvist Geverts https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/ 2019-11-24 2019-11-24 30 2 73 75 10.30752/nj.85031