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.

A Dream of Zion

Author: Jeffrey K. Salkin
Publisher: Jewish Lights Publishing
ISBN: 1580234151
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This inspirational book features the insights of top scholars, professionals, politicians, authors, and community and religious leaders covering the entiredenominational spectrum of Jewish life in America today.

Just Enough to Make a Story

Author: Nancy Schimmel
Publisher: Sisters' Choice
ISBN: 9780932164032
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Offers advice on selecting material, preparing oneself and the audience, and presenting stories

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.

The Beggar King and the Secret of Happiness

Author: Joel ben Izzy
Publisher: Algonquin Books
ISBN: 1565128540
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This inspiring memoir by a storyteller who lost his voice, and gained some unexpected wisdom, is “nothing less than a spiritual odyssey” (San Francisco Chronicle). “Heartwarming and smart and wonderfully written,” this is that rare, magical book—a book that tells a good story, but also shows us how the tales we learned when we were children shed light on our adult lives (Detroit Free Press). An award-winning professional storyteller, Joel ben Izzy had the unusual opportunity to relive those lessons when he lost his voice after undergoing surgery for thyroid cancer, and reconnected with his old teacher, Lenny. Through his meetings with Lenny, Joel rediscovers the wisdom of ancient tales and takes us on a journey into a world of beggars and kings, monks and tigers, lost horses and buried treasures—and in the end tells us the secret of happiness. “This is a beautiful book full of old tales—from China, India, Persia, Jerusalem—that help storyteller Joel ben Izzy through dark times of silence and back into light and sound once more. Wonderful!” —Grace Paley “Heartfelt . . . This brief book speaks to people in trouble. It provides edifying advice, intimately given, like the best-selling Tuesdays with Morrie.” —TheDallas Morning News “What a gift, what a blessing, funny, brilliant, wise.” —Anne Lamott

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.

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.

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.

Moments of Magical Realism in US Ethnic Literatures

Author: Lyn Di Iorio Sandín
Publisher: Springer
ISBN: 1137329246
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A collection of essays that explores magical realism as a momentary interruption of realism in US ethnic literature, showing how these moments of magic realism serve to memorialize, address, and redress traumatic ethnic histories.

Mendelssohn auf dem Dach

Author: Jiri Weil
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ISBN: 9783803142481
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Der große vergessene Roman über die albtraumhafte Besatzung Prags durch die Deutschen – geschrieben von einem der wichtigsten tschechischen Autoren des 20. Jahrhunderts: Heydrich tobt. Gerade erst hat der "Reichsprotektor von Böhmen und Mähren" das ehrwürdige Konzerthaus Rudolfinum zum "Haus der deutschen Kunst" umwidmen lassen, da entdeckt er unter den Komponistenstatuen auf dem Dach einen Juden: Mendelssohn-Bartholdy. Der SS-Anwärter Julius Schlesinger erhält den Befehl, sich um dessen Beseitigung zu kümmern. Aber das ist schwieriger als gedacht. Denn erstens ist er nicht schwindelfrei und will nicht aufs Dach. Und zweitens finden die beiden mitgebrachten Tschechen, Bečvář und Stankovský, nicht heraus, wer der Fragliche ist – denn die Statuen tragen keine Namen. Da hat Schlesinger eine Idee: Eben erst hat er gelernt, dass Juden die größten Nasen hätten. Zufrieden glaubt er seine Aufgabe erfüllt zu haben, als er die beiden wieder losschickt – zu Richard Wagner. Was so komisch beginnt, wird im Laufe des Buchs ein großes, immer dunkleres und beklemmenderes Bild Prags und seiner Bewohner unter der deutschen Besatzung. Jiří Weil erzählt von der Verfolgung und Deportation der Juden, dem Wüten von SS, Gestapo und Wehrmacht, von Kollaboration und Bereicherung, aber auch von Widerstand und dem Attentat auf Heydrich. Je größer die Hoffnung auf ein Ende wird, desto mehr verengt sie sich zur Aussichtslosigkeit.