Wise Words: Jewish Thoughts and Stories Through the Ages

Wise Words: Jewish Thoughts and Stories Through the Ages

by Jessica Gribetz

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Wise Words: Jewish Thoughts and Stories Through the Ages by Jessica Gribetz

A comprehensive anthology of wise sayings, stories, and insights from the Jewish tradition addressing such topics as faith, friendship, ethics, nature, charity, kindness, marriage, death, the Holocaust, and Israel.

Wise Words celebrates the heart and soul of a people shaped by four thousand years of precepts, stories, rituals, recipes, and humor. It is an all-embracing collection of aphorisms and poetry from the Bible, the Talmud, Hasidic tales, and contemporary humor and literature -- with a special emphasis on the all-too-often-forgotten voices of women. On any given topic, you can read the words of Isaiah, the teachings of Maimonides, the mystical wisdom of the Kabbalah, passages from Grace Paley, Nora Ephron, and Isaac Bashevis Singer, along with a sprinkling of Yiddish folk sayings that often get right to the heart of any subject.

Often joyous, occasionally tragic, the material is divided by major themes, including Jewish writers' insights on life, death, friendship, family, marriage, charity, kindness, ethics, food, holidays, nature, and art. Each section is framed by the author's own recollections as a daughter, sister, wife, and mother.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780060566937
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date: 02/03/2004
Edition description: First Quill Edition
Pages: 288
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.25(h) x 0.65(d)

About the Author

Jessica Gribetz lives with her husband and four daughters in New York City.

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The point is not that Jewish women want equality as women with men, but as Jews with Jewsto share Jewish history to the hilt. Cynthia Ozick

Getting out of bed in the morning is an act of false confidence. Jules Feiffer

I said to my colleagues, Surrender? What is this word surrender? It has no meaning in Hebrew! Then I went to the lavatory to vomit. Golda Meir

Somewhere on this globe, every ten seconds, there is a woman giving birth to a child. She must be found and stopped! Sam Levenson

ON DEATHThere are stars whose radiance is visible on earth though they have long been extinct. There are people whose brilliance continues to light the world through they are no longer among the living. These lights are particularly bright when the night is dark. Hannah Senesch

ON ARTThere are halls in heaven that open only to the voice of song. Zohar

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