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Miriam's Tambourine: Jewish Folktales from Around the World

Schwartz, Howard

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ISBN 10: 0029292603 / ISBN 13: 9780029292600
Published by New York, New York, U.S.A.: Seth Press / Free Press, 1986
Condition: Fine Hardcover
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An attractive, fine copy in a near fine, price clipped and mylar protected DJ. 1st edition. Inscribed and signed by the author on the dedication page. Illustrated with color plates and B&W drawings. Tall 8vo., 393 pages. 0.0 0.0 0.0. Bookseller Inventory # 19076

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Title: Miriam's Tambourine: Jewish Folktales from ...

Publisher: New York, New York, U.S.A.: Seth Press / Free Press

Publication Date: 1986

Binding: Hardcover

Book Condition:Fine

Dust Jacket Condition: Fine

Signed: Inscribed by Author

Edition: 1st Edition...

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Drawing upon their rich religious and cultural heritage--a heritage that stretches back to Biblical times and passes through many varied epochs and environments--Jewish sages, artists, writers, and storytellers have continually created imaginative and evocative formulations of Jewish philosophy, literature, art, law, liturgy, ritual, and especially new forms of folklore.
Miriam's Tambourine presents fifty classic Jewish folktales that come from virtually every corner of the globe and every historical period. Readers of all ages will delight in the Jewish versions of the Snow White, Rapunsel, and Sinbad stories, which in some cases were the original sources of these popular folktales. Howard Schwartz has also selected and retold those tales which have retained their uniquely Jewish character and have become part of the heritage of the Jewish people, including the Golem, the tales of Rabbi Nachman of Bratzlav and of the Ba'al Shem Tov, tales of Elijah the Prophet, Miriam and her mystical well, Rabbi Adam, and even of the Sambotyon, the legendary river that raged six days of the week and rested on the Sabbath.
Recast in a form accessible to readers both young and old, yet true to their provenances, these tales continue to enthrall and capture the imagination as they illustrate the power of man to overcome evil; the longing of the Jewish people to return to their homeland; and the universal prayer for a world at peace. Providing careful annotation of sources and a brilliant analysis of meanings and symbolisms, Miriam's Tambourine represents a landmark in Jewish folk literature and in American-Jewish culture.

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These fifty tales, drawn from nearly every age and every part of the world, reflect the length of Jewish history and the diversity of Jewish culture. Some will be recognized as variations (perhaps even the originals) of 'Snow White', 'Rapunzel', 'The Voyages of Sindbad the Sailor', and other familiar stories. But every tale is richly endowed with Jewish figures and themes.

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