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By Ellen Frankel

300 Jewish stories during this impressive quantity span 3 continents and 4 millennia. Culled from conventional sources—the Bible, Talmud, Midrash, hasidic texts, and oral folklore—and retold in glossy English through Ellen Frankel, those tales symbolize the brightest jewels within the immense treasure chest of Jewish lore.

Beautifully clothed in modern language, those vintage stories sparkle with the mild and insightful humor of the Jewish people mind's eye. and prefer loads of Jewish literature, those tales abound in allusions to vintage Jewish texts. Biblical cadences, words from the prayer e-book, and concepts from Jewish proverbs and heroic legends resonate within the air while those stories are learn or advised aloud. In The vintage Tales, background sheds its airborne dirt and dust to turn into as intimate as relations memory.

While the breadth and intensity of this booklet make it thoroughly detailed, 3 particular beneficial properties additionally aid distinguish it: God seems to be with no gender (though on no account with no personality); girls characters, so usually anonymous within the unique biblical textual content, put on their midrashic names (e.g., Noah's spouse Naamah, Abraham's mom Amitlai, Lot's spouse Edith); and plenty of stories of Sephardic starting place were integrated to right the typical American bias towards jap eu sources.

What's extra, this quantity has been uniquely designed to be of use to educators, rabbis, mom and dad, and scholars. It includes a chronological desk of contents in addition to six separate indexes?arranged by means of Jewish vacation trips, Torah and Haftorah readings, personality forms, symbols, issues, and correct names and places—to make the stories simply referenced in a wide selection of the way. somebody who wishes a narrative to motivate a baby, to demonstrate some extent, to enhance a sermon, or simply to uplift his or her personal thirsting soul will locate simply the suitable one in The vintage Tales.

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