Jewish Spirit: Stories and Art

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The Jewish Spirit includes ancient stories - oral and written - as well as more contemporary literary narratives by such well-known writers as Grace Paley, Bernard Malamud, Sholom Aleichem, Martin Buber, Leslie Epstein, I. B. Singer, Franz Kafka, and Francine Prose. Selections ranging from traditional Midrash, Hasidic tales, and Sephardic folklore to stories from Morocco, Egypt, Eastern Europe, and North America reveal the unique heritage and customs of the Jewish community. These inspirational and often humorous...
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Overview

The Jewish Spirit includes ancient stories - oral and written - as well as more contemporary literary narratives by such well-known writers as Grace Paley, Bernard Malamud, Sholom Aleichem, Martin Buber, Leslie Epstein, I. B. Singer, Franz Kafka, and Francine Prose. Selections ranging from traditional Midrash, Hasidic tales, and Sephardic folklore to stories from Morocco, Egypt, Eastern Europe, and North America reveal the unique heritage and customs of the Jewish community. These inspirational and often humorous stories follow the path of life and speak of origins and ethical dilemmas, teaching succeeding generations how to behave, what to believe, whom to trust or fear, when to laugh, and when to cling fast to hope. Taken as a whole, the stories reveal the universal human condition, refracted through a prism of exile and estrangement so characteristic of the often-uprooted Jewish people. Illustrating this vast and remarkable anthology is a dazzling array of art relating to the Jewish experience by Marc Chagall, Ben Shahn, Malcah Zeldis, Harry Lieberman, Reuven Rubin, Raphael Soyer, Max Weber, Louise Nevelson and many others.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781556706233
  • Publisher: Abrams, Harry N., Inc.
  • Publication date: 8/28/1997
  • Pages: 240
  • Sales rank: 522,640
  • Product dimensions: 9.50 (w) x 12.25 (h) x 1.25 (d)

Table of Contents

Introduction 7
Prologue, Only the Story Remains, Hasidic Tale 13
The Beginning, Traditional Midrash 16
The Dual History of the Prince of Darkness 19
Leviathan and the Fox 20
Lilith, Traditional Midrash 22
The Creation of the Soul, Traditional Midrash 23
The Golem, Czech Folktale 25
The Menorah, Theodor Herzl 31
The Werewolf 36
Cracker, or Because of the Calf and Something More, Yemenite Folktale 39
The Box with Bones, Polish Folktale 42
The Adventures of Hershel Summerwind 45
The Prince Who Thought He Was a Rooster 51
The Story of My Dovecote 52
The Lost Shabes 61
The Ape and the Leopard 66
How Much Do You Love Me? Eastern European Folktale 67
The Father Bird and the Fledglings 71
The Mother, Lebanese Folktale 72
The Inheritors 74
True Joy 82
The Jewbird 85
The Kiss, Hasidic Tale 92
from Electricity a Story 95
The Most Precious Thing in the World, Traditional Midrash 110
Djuha Seeks a Bride, Sephardic Trickster Tale 112
The Ruby Serpent, Middle Eastern Folktale 114
Lanjeh, Moroccan Folktale 117
The Mouse Seeks a Wife 122
Three Hairs of a Lion, Moroccan Folktale 123
The Clever Wife, Iraqi Folktale 124
The Pomegranate Girl, Egyptian Folktale 126
In This Country But in Another Language... 131
Apples from the Desert 132
Chelm Lights Up the Night, Chelm Tale 142
Skotsl Kumt, Eastern European Folktale 145
A Meal for the Poor 146
The Prince and the White Gazelle, German Folktale 150
The Bird's Nest 157
The Sheep of the Hidden Valley 158
If Not Higher 161
A Cupboard in the Ghetto 164
from King of the Jews 170
King Solomon's Ring, Middle Eastern Folktale 176
Alexander and the Eyeball 180
Why Naftali of Ropschitz Wore White Trousers 182
Fable of the Goat 184
A House without Suffering 188
Gimpel the Fool 190
Reb Eisik's Treasure 201
It Could Always Be Worse, Eastern European Folktale 204
The Bridge Who Saved Her Husband from the Angel of Death, German Folktale 208
The Mysterious Palace 211
The Eternal Wedding Gown 217
A Kindness to the Dead 220
Before the Law 223
A Hill in Bergen Belsen, Hasidic Tale 225
The Death Train 227
Why the Night Watchman Was Denied a Raise, Chelm Tale 235
Epilogue, Begin With Yourself, Hasidic Tale 236
Literary/Art Credits 238
Acknowledgments 240
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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 8, 2001

    What happened to the stories?

    I must say that I was extremely dissapointed with this book. I bought it to read its stories to elderly residents at a Jewish assisted living facility in Tampa. Most of the good, traditional stories have been refined to the point where they lose their effect and meaning. The few good stories are less than a page long and they leave out important details. I do not recommend this book to anyone.

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