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Be the first to ask a question about A Treasury of Jewish Folklore. Lists with This Book. This book is not yet featured on Listopia. Mar 20, Carrie O'Dell rated it it was amazing Recommends it for: I got this book while I was dramaturging "The Dybbuk" and it was more than just a great resource for research, it's just a wonderful read. Features sections on the supernatural, humor, the Holocaust, and even has folk songs. Feb 28, Julia rated it it was amazing. My go-to book when I'm having trouble sleeping. Short funny stories told in a tender, wry, eccentric style.

The humor is wise and life-affirming, and gives me peace of mind. Oct 05, Kbord rated it really liked it. I've read of European, Asian, and Native American folklore. I'd never seen or considered Jewish folklore before seeing this book on the local library shelf. The book is as thick as my thumb is long. It looks daunting, but the chapters are very logically split up into subgenres, such that the stories themselves are quite accessible.

I also appreciated very much the glossary at the end of the book: The glossary does a good job of defining Yiddish or other phrases printed in italics within the stories. Also, the introductions to each chapter do a good job of explaining concepts that outsiders would not inherently understand.


The stories are witty, funny, or moralistic. They make fun of themselves, expose hypocrisies, keep memories of bravery, teach wisdom, etc. I didn't get through the whole book, but I had fun with the parts that I read. Apr 18, Jamie Teller rated it it was amazing.

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The rating is a purely subjective one. I am a long way from having read all of this book and am in no hurry to finish it.

But as a compendium of the history, folklore, and above all the humor of my people, it is a book I mean to treasure always. Jan 28, Risa rated it it was amazing Shelves: My dad's old copy, possibly given to him for his Bar Mitzvah. The title should be at least 4 characters long. Your display name should be at least 2 characters long.

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A Treasury of Jewish Folklore

Chi ama i libri sceglie Kobo e inMondadori. Available in Russia Shop from Russia to buy this item. Or, get it for Kobo Super Points! Many of these entries have a humorous turn, recalling the successful Big Book of Jewish Humor The imaginative stories generally cover no more than a half page. The most intriguing tales are about famous Jewish personalities such as Houdini, Rabbi Stephen Wise, and even the great baseball player Hank Greenberg. And readers are sure to enjoy such hilarious entries as "Pocahontas, Yiddish Version. The nature of folklore might preclude such attributions, but it would make for excellent follow-up reading on some of the outlandish tales told.

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The book will hardly be the final word on the subject, but it is a good beginning. A welcome addition to most library folklore collections.? Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc. See all Editorial Reviews. Product details File Size: May 31, Publication Date: July 20, Sold by: Share your thoughts with other customers.

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