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The Day the Rabbi Disappeared: Jewish Holiday Tales of Magic

Schwartz, Howard

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ISBN 10: 0670887331 / ISBN 13: 9780670887330
Published by Viking, New York, 2000
Condition: Fine Hardcover
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Hardcover. A fine copy in a near fine dust jacket with a 1" tear at the top of the spine. Lovely black and white draws tel 12 stories from Jewish Folk Stories. Bookseller Inventory # 007505

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Title: The Day the Rabbi Disappeared: Jewish ...

Publisher: Viking, New York

Publication Date: 2000

Binding: Hardcover

Illustrator: Passicot, Monique

Book Condition:Fine

Dust Jacket Condition: Near Fine

Edition: 1st Edition

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In this holiday collection, rabbis famous for their knowledge and powers--including women rabbis--bring about miracles, reveal the secret meanings of dreams and names, and contend with angels, dybbuks, and enchantments. Noted folklorist Howard Schwartz retells twelve Jewish tales from around the world. Each tale combines elements of magic with a link to a Jewish holiday (including Rosh Hashanah, Yom Kippur, Hanukkah, Purim, and Passover), plus Shabbat, the weekly Sabbath.

"This beautiful collection of Jewish stories is true to its heritage....[with] universal appeal."--Kirkus Reviews on Next Year in Jerusalem

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Noted storyteller Schwartz (Next Year in Jerusalem) outdoes himself in this expertly presented and well-conceived collection. Each of the dozen tales takes place during a different Jewish holiday, from Rosh Hashanah and Lag ba-Omer to the major festivals (Passover, Shavuot, Sukkot) and the Sabbath, and each reveals different facets of Jewish history and culture. To an already rich mixture, Schwartz brings extra luster with an element virtually guaranteed to hook young readers: magic. In an Afghan tale for Yom Kippur, a man stumbles upon a cottage filled with blazing oil candles, each representing a person's soul and its presence in the world. Some have plenty of oil, some are nearly emptyDthe man's own candle seems about to burn out and, since the keeper of the candles is not looking, what if he takes some oil from another candle? The supplementary material included with each story proves nearly as gripping. For that Yom Kippur story, for example, Schwartz follows up with a concise description of the holiday and succinct discussions of the story's specific biblical roots, the possible identity of the keeper of the candles, the theme of divine tests (e.g., the forbidden fruit in the Garden of Eden) and the Jewish idea of justice. Debut illustrator Passicot contributes dreamlike compositions in black and white. The play between light and dark in her subtle shading beautifully expresses the tales' mystical dimensions. Ages 8-up.
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