The Jewish Story Finder: A Guide to 668 Tales Listing Subjects and Sources, 2d ed.

The Jewish Story Finder: A Guide to 668 Tales Listing Subjects and Sources, 2d ed.

by Sharon Barcan Elswit


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Storytelling, as oral tradition and in writing, has long played a central role in Jewish society. Family, educators, and clergy employ stories to transmit Jewish culture, traditions, and values. This comprehensive bibliography identifies 668 Jewish folktales by title and subject, summarizing plot lines for easy access to the right story for any occasion. Some centuries old and others freshly imagined, the tales include animal fables, supernatural yarns, and anecdotes for festivals and holidays. Themes include justice, community, cause and effect, and mitzvahs, or good deeds. This second edition nearly doubles the number of stories and expands the guide’s global reach, with new pieces from Turkey, Morocco, Libya, Tunisia, and Chile. Subject cross-references and a glossary complete the volume, a living tool for understanding the ever-evolving world of Jewish folklore.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780786448234
Publisher: McFarland & Company, Incorporated Publishers
Publication date: 07/27/2012
Edition description: Revised
Pages: 416
Product dimensions: 6.90(w) x 10.00(h) x 3.30(d)
Age Range: 18 Years

About the Author

Sharon Barcan Elswit has been working as a children’s librarian for 35 years. She currently teaches in New York City. She writes reviews for Jewish Book Council and has published in School Library Journal, Writer’s Digest, and other magazines. Visit her website at .

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments vi

Foreword Peninnah Schram 1

Preface 3

I God, Faith, and Prayer 9

II The Torah, the Talmud and their Study 31

III Biblical Characters and Events 45

Creation 62

Adam 66

Noah 71

Babel 79

Abraham 80

Miriam 81

Moses 83

David 89

Solomon 94

IV Quests for Sacred Objects and Holy Encounters in Later Times 77

Meeting Elijah 116

Meeting Jonah 138

Meeting Moses 139

Meeting David 140

Quests for Sacred Objects Lost in Time 141

Journeys to Holy Places 148

V Rabbis: Wit and Wisdom 102

VI Wonder Weavers: Tales of Magic 131

VII Angels, Demons, Spirits, Gilguls, Dybbuks and Golems: The Supernatural 173

VIII Talking Animal Tales and Fables 209

IX Tricksters and Fools 229

Hershel of Ostropol 402

Other Tricksters 409

The Fools of Chelm 414

Joha, Trickster and Fool 453

More Fools 471

X Human Stories 269

Clever People 488

Everyday Life and Stories Set in History 511

XI Tales for Festivals and Holidays 315

Sabbath 578

Rosh Hodesh 596

Rosh Hashanah 598

Yom Kippur 608

Sukkot 612

Simchat Torah 620

Hanukkah 622

Tu B'Shevat 639

Purim 642

Passover 645

Shavuot 665

Tishah B'Ave 668

Glossary 363

Bibliography 367

Story Title Index 379

Subject Index 395

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