The Saints' Impresarios

The Saints' Impresarios

by Yoram Bilu


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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781934843710
Publisher: Academic Studies Press
Publication date: 12/16/2009
Series: Israel: Society, Culture, and History Series
Pages: 364
Product dimensions: 6.14(w) x 9.21(h) x 0.81(d)

About the Author

Yoram Bilu (Ph.D. Hebrew University) is a professor of anthropology and psychology at the Hebrew University. His main publications include Grasping Land: Space and Place in Contemporary Israeli Discourse and Experience (SUNY Press 1997, co-edited with Eyal Ben-Ari) and Without Bounds: The Life and Death of Rabbi Ya'aqov Wazana (Wayne State University Press 2000).

Table of Contents

I. The Folk-Veneration of Saints in Morocco and Israel. a. Dream Portal. b. Roots in the West: The Cult of Saints in Morocco. c. From West to East: Moroccan Jewry in Israel. d. Native Saints and Immigrant Saints: The “Sacred Geography” of Moroccan Jews in Israel.II. Avraham Ben-Hayyim and Rabbi David U-Moshe. a. A Dream Journey to the Saint. b. A Saint in the Next Room: Rabbi David u-Moshe and the Ben-Hayyim Family. c. The Abode of Rabbi David u-Moshe at the Dawn of the 21st Century. III. Ya’ish Ohana, Elijah the Prophet and the Gate of Paradise. a. The Road to Paradise. b. Dreamers in Paradise. c. Paradise Lost. IV. Alu Ezra and Rabbi Avraham Aouriwar. a. Early and Late Revelations. b. Life Story as Folktale: The Cinderella of Beit She’an. c. Twenty Years Later. V. Esther Suissa and Rabbi Shimon Bar-Yohai. a. From Patient to Healer. b. Written in the Egg Yolk: The Healing Art of Female Saints' Impresarios. c. Esther and Rabbi Shimon: A Return Visit. VI. The Cult of Saints from a Comparative Perspective: Symbol, Narrative, Gender and Identity. a. Crosscutting Stories: The Saint’s Impresarios from a Comparative Perspective. b. Personal symbols and Mythic Narratives. c. Gender and Sanctity: The Female Way to the Tsaddiq. d. Migrating Traditions: The Historic Timing and the “Shelf Life” of the New Shrines. e. The Cult of Saints as an Israeli and Local Phenomenon. Bibliography. Index.

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