Yiddish Folktales

Filled with princesses and witches, dybbuks and wonder working rebbes, the two hundred marvelous tales that make up this delightful compendium were gathered during the 1920s and 1930s by ethnographers in the small towns and villages of Eastern Europe Collected from people of all walks of life, they include parables and allegories about life, luck, and wisdom tales of magFilled with princesses and witches, dybbuks and wonder working rebbes, the two hundred marvelous tales that make up this delightful compendium were gathered during the 1920s and 1930s by ethnographers in the small towns and villages of Eastern Europe Collected from people of all walks of life, they include parables and allegories about life, luck, and wisdom tales of magic and wonder stories about rebbes and their disciples and tales whose only purpose is to entertain Long after the culture that produced them has disappeared, these enchanting Yiddish folktales continue to work their magic today.Part of the Pantheon Fairy Tale and Folklore Library
Yiddish Folktales Filled with princesses and witches dybbuks and wonder working rebbes the two hundred marvelous tales that make up this delightful compendium were gathered during the s and s by ethnographers

  • Title: Yiddish Folktales
  • Author: Beatrice Silverman Weinreich Leonard Wolf
  • ISBN: 9780805210903
  • Page: 202
  • Format: Paperback
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    1. You don't have to be Jewish to love Yiddish Folktales, but it couldn't hurt. As good as chicken soup for giving the reader a warm wonderful feeling. There's a wide range in the 178 folktales here: allegories, children's stories, pious tales, and humorous tales, not to mention ghosts, golems, villains, elves, and dibbuks. My favorites were Wisdom or Luck, Poverty Grows and Grows, Good Manners and Foolish Khushim. The traditional Jewish folk art paper cuts, popular in 19th and 20th century Russia [...]

    2. Filled with elves, demons, witches, fools, miracle-working rebbes or even the legendary golem, this book has compiled an impressive amount of such tales from Yiddish folklore. Mainly originating from the Hasidic, Eastern-European, Jews these tales offer a unique insight into the Jewish mindset.Entertaining, edifying or even ridiculous these stories were told to children as bedtime stories or whenever there were gatherings. They include historical fact mixed with fantasy or perhaps they’re all [...]

    3. I devour folktales from many lands and peoples. This book is a collection of folktales and legends from the Yiddish-speaking world of Eastern Europe. My favorite section was # 7, "Elves and Dibbuks, Ghosts and Golems: Supernatural Tales." Here I found the most original-sounding and unusual stories. Most would qualify today as 'flash fiction' because they are often short, scary, and succinct. In the six previous sections of the anthology, themes, frameworks, even whole narratives are quite famili [...]

    4. I thought that this book contained interesting and varied stories on a broad number of topics even within the editor's categories. There are stories to teach, stories of pranks, stories of demons and stories of thanks, and many more. If you are Jewish, this book is a must. It will connect you with your culture and you can experience the culture of your ancestors in the small Jewish villages that disappeared at the time of the Holocaust. If you are not Jewish you will find the stories engaging, e [...]

    5. Large, varied collection of folk tales, providing a view into entertainment and superstitious belief throughout Jewish history.

    6. This is a great collection of stories. Admittedly, these are geared more towards children - picture the "bedtime story" read aloud situation, which makes sense, since these were derived from Yiddish oral history! I'm also giving it the "Atheist Seal of Approval," that is to say, unlike author Yiddish folktale authors, those that write a bit more complex stories, there's not as much "hidden religious agenda" in these stories. Sure, there are a few that I won't be reading to my kids if I ever have [...]

    7. This book is so delightful! It is marvelous to read the stories which are divided into different categories such as "Naked Truths and Resplendent Parables", "Magic Rings, Feathers of Gold, Mountains of Glass", and "Justice, Faith, and Everyday Morals." Favorites of mine include The Snake Bridegroom, The Golden Feather, The Poor Rabbi and His Three Daughters. Two marvelous Cinderella stories here are How Much Do You Love Me? and The Princess of the Third Pumpkin.

    8. Apparently all Jewish children are horribly selfish but they will be dealt with. I'm sorta kidding. A great collection of stories that is worth reading - Jewish or not.

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