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Wise Men and Their Tales: Portraits of Biblical, Talmudic, and Hasidic Masters

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In Wise Men and Their Tales, a master teacher gives us his fascinating insights into the lives of a wide range of biblical figures, Talmudic scholars, and Hasidic rabbis.

The matriarch Sarah, fiercely guarding her son, Isaac, against the negative influence of his half-brother Ishmael; Samson, the solitary hero and protector of his people, whose singular weakness brought about his tragic end; Isaiah, caught in the middle of the struggle between God and man, his messages of anger and sorrow counterbalanced by his timeless, eloquent vision of a world at peace; the saintly Rabbi Yehoshua ben Levi, who by virtue of a lifetime of good deeds was permitted to enter heaven while still alive and who tried to ensure a similar fate for all humanity by stealing the sword of the Angel of Death.

Elie Wiesel tells the stories of these and other men and women who have been sent by God to help us find the godliness within our own lives. And what interests him most about these people is their humanity, in all its glorious complexity. They get angry—at God for demanding so much, and at people, for doing so little. They make mistakes. They get frustrated. But through it all one constant remains—their love for the people they have been charged to teach and their devotion to the Supreme Being who has sent them. In these tales of battles won and lost, of exile and redemption, of despair and renewal, we learn not only by listening to what they have come to tell us, but by watching as they live lives that are both grounded in earthly reality and that soar upward to the heavens.

From the Hardcover edition.

About the Author

Elie Wiesel was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in 1986. The author of more than forty internationally acclaimed works of fiction and nonfiction, he is Andrew W. Mellon Professor in the Humanities and University Professor at Boston University. He lives in New York City.

From the Hardcover edition.

Table of Contents

CONTENTS

Preface

Introduction: And What Does Rashi Say?

IN THE BIBLE

Ishmael and Hagar

Lot's Wife

Aaron and His Problem of Innocence

Miriam the Prophetess and Her Melancholy Fate

Nadab and Abihu: A Story of Fire and Silence

Esau and Jethro: Gentiles in the Bible

Gideon, a Judge Who Is Special

Samson: The Weakness of a Hero

Saul and His Lost Kingdom

Samuel and the Quest for Mercy

Isaiah, a Prince of Prophets

Hoshea: The Strangest of All Prophets

IN THE TALMUD

Rabbi Tarfon's Humility

Rabbi Yehoshua ben Levi

Abbaye and Rava: The Greatness of Dialogue

Converts in the Talmud

Talmudic Sketches

Zanz and Sadigur

The World of the Shtetl

Acknowledgments

Product Details

ISBN:
9780805211207
Author:
Wiesel, Elie
Publisher:
Schocken Books Inc
Subject:
Judaism - History
Subject:
Biblical Biography - Old Testament
Subject:
Judaism - Talmud
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Trade paper
Publication Date:
20050331
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Pages:
368
Dimensions:
8.08x5.22x.98 in. .84 lbs.

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