Orthodox Jewish pilgrimages by train before 1944 in Hungary

Glässer Norbert: Orthodox Jewish pilgrimages by train before 1944 in Hungary. In: Religion, culture, society, (2). pp. 213-229. (2015)

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The railways were gradually built into a network covering the whole of Hungary and affecting all citizens. The influence they had in changing everyday life must be taken into account for an understanding of the processes of modernisation in the 19th century. The study examined how one denominational group within the diverse society of the Carpathian Basin, the Orthodox Jews liv-ing mainly in rural environments and making up more than half the Jewish popu-lation of the Kingdom of Hungary before 1920, made the railways religiously acceptable. It analyses the cultural practices of railway travel: the use of the railway spaces, the services provided for travellers, and the responses of the operators to the special demands of Orthodox Jews. The railways brought new possibili-ties for geographical mobility in the everyday lives of Jews, but religiously ac-cepted reasons were needed for travel. Making a living, study, medical treatment and pilgrimage as reasons approved by the community for travel were found not only among Jews but were much rather a general characteristic of the premodern world. In the case of Orthodox and Hasidic Jews, the railways became not only a new invention overstepping the bounds of a community, they also constantly reshaped the religious conditions for railway travel beyond the regulation of time by religious law.

Item Type: Article
Journal or Publication Title: Religion, culture, society
Date: 2015
Volume: 2
ISSN: 1416-7972
Page Range: pp. 213-229
Language: English
Related URLs: http://acta.bibl.u-szeged.hu/67602/
Uncontrolled Keywords: Zsidó vallás - zarándoklat - haszidizmus, Zsidóság - Magyarország
Additional Information: Bibliogr. p. 228-229. ; ill.
Subjects: 06. Humanities
06. Humanities > 06.03. Philosophy, ethics and religion
Date Deposited: 2020. May. 11. 15:24
Last Modified: 2023. May. 09. 13:57
URI: http://acta.bibl.u-szeged.hu/id/eprint/66998

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