Elijah s Violin and Other Jewish Fairy Tales

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Publisher: Oxford University Press
ISBN: 9780195313635
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Tales of magic and wonder can be found in every phase of Jewish literature, from the sacred to the secular. The fairy tale in particular--set in enchanted lands and populated with a variety of human and supernatural beings, both good and evil--holds a very special place in the Jewish tradition. For in the fairy tale, where good and evil engage in a timeless struggle, we have a clear reflection of the Jewish world view, where faith in God can defeat the evil impulse. In Elijah's Violin, Howard Schwartz offers a sumptuous collection of thirty-six Jewish fairy tales from virtually every corner of the world. At once otherworldy and earthy, pious and playful, these celebrated tales from Morocco and India, Spain and Eastern Europe, Babylon and Egypt, illustrate not only their Jewish character but also their universality of themes. Invoking the biblical tale of David and Goliath, we read as King David defeats the giant by hovering above its spear in King David and the Giant. In the romantic tale of The Princess in the Tower, a variant of Rapunzel, we watch as the cautious King Solomon recognizes the vanity in trying to prevent Providence from taking place. And we see the religious nature of the quest for Elijah's violin in the title story. The successful completion of the king's quest enables the violin's imprisoned melodies, emblematic of the Jewish spirit, to be set free. Throughout this richly illustrated collection, one can find the quests and riddles of the traditional fairy tale along with the divine intervention that characterizes the Jewish fairy tale. Skillfully translated, these stories will captivate children and adults alike in which romance and magic become enchantingly entwined with faith, duty, and wisdom.

Gabriel s Palace

Author: Howard Schwartz
Publisher: Oxford University Press on Demand
ISBN: 0195093887
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Over 150 tales from the Talmud, the Zohar, Jewish folktales, and Hasidic lore.

Lilith s Cave

Author: Howard Schwartz
Publisher: Oxford University Press
ISBN: 0195067266
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Tales of terror and the supernatural hold an honored position in the Jewish folkloric tradition. Howard Schwartz has superbly translated and retold fifty of the best of these folktales. Gathered from countless sources ranging from the ancient Middle East to twelfth-century Germany and later Eastern European oral tradition, these captivating stories include Jewish variants of the Pandora and Persephone myths.

Jewish Fairy Tales

Author: Gerald Friedlander
Publisher: Courier Corporation
ISBN: 0486156966
Format: PDF
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Nine tales from antiquity will enthrall children with the exploits of kings and beggars in a spellbinding world of demons, angels, and other supernatural creatures.

Leaves from the Garden of Eden

Author: Howard Schwartz
Publisher: Oxford University Press
ISBN: 0199754381
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"With its broad selection from written and oral sources, Leaves from the garden of Eden is a landmark collection, representing the full range of Jewish folklore from the Talmud to the present"--Jacket.

Miriam s Tambourine

Author: Howard Schwartz
Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA
ISBN: 9780192821362
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An illustrated collection of fifty traditional Jewish tales from various parts of the world.

Tree of Souls

Author: Howard Schwartz
Publisher: Oxford University Press
ISBN: 0195327136
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From tales of Adam, Moses, and other biblical figures, to the fall of Lucifer and the quarrel of the sun and moon, an anthology of Jewish myth presents seven hundred key stories and through extensive commentary places them in context with the literature of the world.

Before You Were Born

Author: Howard Schwartz
Publisher: Macmillan
ISBN: 9781596430280
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Retells a folktale in which Lailah, a guardian angel, places the indentation that everyone has on the upper lip just before a baby is born.

The Library of Dreams

Author: Howard Schwartz
Publisher: Bkmk Pr/Umkc
ISBN: 9781886157880
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"These poems explore subjects drawn from the Hebrew Bible and Jewish mysticism as well as contemporary Jewish American life and imagination"--

The Four Who Entered Paradise

Author: Howard Schwartz
Publisher: Jason Aronson
ISBN: 9780765761552
Format: PDF, Mobi
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