Chosen Tales: Stories Told by Jewish Storytellers [NOOK Book]

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The storytellers represented in Chosen Tales are among the most active and talented Jewish storytellers in the world. This extraordinary collection of 68 stories is, in a way, a Jewish storytelling festival, where storytellers gather to share stories, hear each other's stories, and get to know each other better through the stories that are told. Come and experience the magic of the oral tradition. Read and retell these stories again and again so that you too can shape the destiny of the timeless tradition of ...
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Overview

The storytellers represented in Chosen Tales are among the most active and talented Jewish storytellers in the world. This extraordinary collection of 68 stories is, in a way, a Jewish storytelling festival, where storytellers gather to share stories, hear each other's stories, and get to know each other better through the stories that are told. Come and experience the magic of the oral tradition. Read and retell these stories again and again so that you too can shape the destiny of the timeless tradition of Jewish storytelling.
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Editorial Reviews

Jewish Book World
68 stories are told here by storytellers from North America and Israel, in both Ashkenazic and Sephardic traditions. Each tale is prefaced by the storyteller's reason for choosing it. The stories are very different from one another, yet they share central characteristics, making them appropriate for inclusion. They have Jewish themes the storytellers consider important, and they are written in a style that lends itself to reading aloud.
Library Journal
Schram has assembled an extraordinary collection of stories by inviting some 68 gifted storytellers to contribute a favorite tale. Amazingly, there is no duplication-although a few stories feature variations on the same theme. Although the stories have Jewish themes, the appeal is universal-for such is the power of a good story. Presented in a style suited for reading aloud, these pieces inspire, entertain, teach, and enchant. Each story is prefaced with a biographical vignette of the author. The erudite, introductory essay by Avi Weiss explores both the diversity and uniqueness of the Jewish story. A glossary and a list of storytelling organizations enhance the book's usefulness. This fascinating anthology will have broad appeal for both the general reader and the specialist.-Carol R. Glatt, VA Medical Ctr. Lib., Philadelphia
From the Publisher
[Here] are family and personal tales, folk and fairy tales, stories of mystery and magic and everyday reality. . . . What comes across over and over in these tales is the central importance in the Jewish tradition of storytelling in cultural and spiritualdevelopment. The very meaning of tradition and how these tales have helped to keep it alive fills the listener with hope for a better world to come. . . . A valuable addition to the canon of Jewish narratives....

Peninnah [Schram] has been rightfully nicknamed the Magidah [herald] of Jewish storytelling. . . . The stories in Chosen Tales are exceedingly well chosen. They will delight non-Jews as well as Jews, teachers and rabbis, storytellers and storylovers, and, as the circus ringmaster might put it, 'ladies, gentlemen, and children of all ages. . . .''''

Come-All-Ye
[Here] are family and personal tales, folk and fairy tales, stories of mystery and magic and everyday reality. . . . What comes across over and over in these tales is the central importance in the Jewish tradition of storytelling in cultural and spiritual development. The very meaning of tradition and how these tales have helped to keep it alive fills the listener with hope for a better world to come. . . . A valuable addition to the canon of Jewish narratives.
Jewish Book World
Peninnah [Schram] has been rightfully nicknamed the Magidah [herald] of Jewish storytelling. . . . The stories in Chosen Tales are exceedingly well chosen. They will delight non-Jews as well as Jews, teachers and rabbis, storytellers and story lovers, and, as the circus ringmaster might put it, 'ladies, gentlemen, and children of all ages. . . .'
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781461627784
  • Publisher: Aronson, Jason Inc.
  • Publication date: 7/1/1995
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 436
  • File size: 7 MB

Meet the Author

Peninnah Schram is the author of Jewish Stories: One Generation Tells Another. She is a professional storyteller and recording artist, and professor of speech and drama at Stern College of Yeshiva University.
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Table of Contents

Foreword: Black Fire on White Fire: The Power of Story
Preface
Acknowledgments
Prologue: The Apple Tree's Discovery 1
Every Name Has a Story 5
The Car That Ran from Mitzvahs 11
A Story from the Jewish Cemetery in Japan 20
Remembering Rachel 26
Fables of the Misnagdim 31
The Eagles 32
Ephram the Elephant 34
Shep the Sheep 36
Faige the Fawn 39
Noah's Wife 41
The Story of Bryan 47
The Light in the Wall 50
Go Fishing 54
Riding with the Moon 58
Telling Jokes for the Sake of God 66
The Ghetto Rebbe and His "Kingdom of Children" 70
The Shepherd's Prayer 76
Rest Area 81
Nettie Blumenthal 89
Feathers 93
Revival of the Dead 97
The Path 104
The Storyteller 107
Two Stories from Reuven Gold 109
The Burning Piano 112
Leon's Plan for Peace 120
The Journey of the Lost Princess 126
Maria Rael: A Jewish Story from New Mexico 132
The Chicken's Tale 138
"Haberes Buenos" 142
Pennies from Heaven 145
A Taste of Honey, A Taste for Love 150
The Wisdom of Solomon 155
The Mountain and the Cliff 161
A Tale of Reb Nahum Chernobler - and a Tikkun 166
The Never-Ending Song 173
Raspberries for Sima 179
Raps 187
Walk Like an Israelite: A Passover Adaptation 189
Shavuot Rap 191
Chanukah Rap 195
The Old Man 198
A New Yorker's Guide to Eden 202
How I Learned to Study Torah 205
The Bookseller from Gehenna 210
The Fourth Candle 217
The Pekl Story 222
Grandma's Challah 226
How I Lost My Diamond Ring 231
If You Think You are a Chicken 237
Ayneni Yodaya 241
I Already Have What I Want and Need 245
The Day the Rabbi Stopped the Sun 250
The Midwife's Reward 256
Could This Be Paradise? 261
Winedrops on the Eyelashes 265
Going Along with Joha: A Medley of Mirth 279
The Miracle of the Black Pepper 286
Three Stories from the Heavens 291
Turning: A Midrash of the Sun and Moon 293
The Sign: A Midrash of the Rainbow 295
Midrash of Mayim: A Water Story 297
The Cottage of Candles 301
Y. L. Peretz in the Israeli Army 305
Messiah Man 313
The Untouched Oil 336
A Tale of Diamond Listening 344
The Candle Maker of Light 349
Shosa Laya, The Wise 356
A Lamed Vavnik 363
The Most Precious Thing in the World 371
My Grandparents 376
Sarika's Story 377
Charoset 381
Look Not Upon the Flask 384
"Excuse Me, I Heve an Appointment with the Prime Minister" 391
The Rest of Creation 396
Barking Dogs 400
The Seer of Lublin's Shirt 402
Appendix 1: Other Works by the Contributors 408
Appendix 2: Storytelling Organizations 420
Appendix 3: Contributors' Addresses 421
Glossary 425
Credits 435
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