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Jewish Fairy Tales (Dover Juvenile Classics)by Gerald Friedlander
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Travel back to a land at the intersection of folklore and religion. The 23 authentic Jewish fairy tales in this book, brought together from the Talmud and other ancient sources, including the Jewish Chap Book, the Midrash Rabbah, Beth Hammidrash, Tanhuma, and Rabbi Eliezer, will surround you with angels, demons, goblins and an amazing assortment of Old Testament prophets and sages. In several of these stories, the prophet Elijah — "always at hand to comfort the sorrowful, cheer the despondent, and help those in distress" — assumes a role similar to that of a fairy godmother, creating miracles that change people's lives.
In "The Magic Apples," Elijah provides some anti-leprosy medication that helps a young man gain a fortune and win the hand of his beautiful cousin. In "The Goblin and the Princess," an obliging little ogre helps two wise men convince the Roman emperor to let the Jews continue to observe the Sabbath and their holy laws. Fate intervenes in "The Princess and the Beggar" when a lovely young princess is forced by her father to live in isolation. The greedy king of "The Demon's Marriage" is tricked into wedding his daughter to the Son of Satan. And in "The Magic Leaf," a holy man is punished for meddling with mysteries of life and death.
These and 18 other entertaining and instructive stories from Jewish legend and lore are sure to enthrall a new generation of fairy tale enthusiasts.
Twenty-three authentic tales from ancient sources transport readers back to a land at the crossroads of folklore and religion. Stories include "The Magic Apples," "The Goblin and the Princess," "The Princess and the Beggar," "The Demon's Marriage," "The Magic Leaf," and many other delightful tales.
Table of Contents
I. The Magic Apples (from the Jewish Chap Book)
II. The Wise Merchant (from the Midrash Rabbah)
III. Heavenly Treasures (from the Talmud)
IV. King Solomon's Carpet (from Beth Hammidrash)
V. The Magic Lamp (from Shalsheleth Hakkabalah)
VI. Chanina and the Angels (from the Midrash Rabbah)
VII. The Wonderful Slave (from Beth Hammidrash)
VIII. "About Leviathan, King of the Fish (from the Jewish Chap Book)"
IX. The Demon's Marriage (from the Jewish Chap Book)
X. The Magic Leaf (from the Midrash Rabbah)
XI. The Prince and the Rabbi (from Shebet Jehudah)
XII. The Princess and the Beggar (from Tanchuma)
XIII. The Castle in the Air (from Achikar)
XIV. The Citizen of the World (from Rabbi Eliezer)
XV. The Snake's Thanks (from the Jewish Chap Book and Tanchuma)
XVI. The Rebellious Waters (from Rabbi Eliezer)
XVII. The Goblin and the Princess (from the Talmud)
XVIII. Iron and the Trees (from Genesis Rabbah)
XIX. David and the Insects (from the Alphabet of Ben Sira)
XX. The First Vineyard (from Tanchuma)
XXI. Abraham's Tree (from Jalkub Chadash)
XXII. "Joseph, the Sabbath Lover (from the Talmud)"
XXIII. The Magic Sword of Kenaz (from the Biblical Antiquities of Philo)
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