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Gabriel's Palace Jewish Mystical Tales

ISBN-10: 0195093887

ISBN-13: 9780195093889

Edition: Reprint 

Authors: Howard Schwartz

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A vast bounty of tales recounting mystical experiences among the rabbis can be found in the Talmud, the Zohar, Jewish folktales, and Hasidic lore. Now, in Gabriel's Palace, scholar Howard Schwartz has collected the greatest of these stories, sacred and secular, in a marvelously readable anthology. Gabriel's Palace offers a treasury of 150 pithy and powerful tales, involving experiences of union with the divine, out-of-body travel, encounters with angels and demons, possession by spirits holy and pernicious, and more. Schwartz provides an informative introduction placing these remarkable tales firmly in the context of centuries of post-biblical Jewish tradition. The body of the text presents spellbinding tales from the Talmud, Zohar, the Hasidic masters, and an enormous range of other sources. Here are stories of Shimon bar Yohai, reputed to be the author of the Zohar; Isaac Luria, known as the Ari, who was the central figure among the Safed mystics of the 16th century; Israel ben Eliezer, known as Baal Shem Tov, who founded Hasidism; Elimelech of Lizensk, possessor of legendary mystical powers; and Nachman of Bratslav, the great storyteller whose wandering spirit is said to protect his followers to this day. Together, these tales paint a vivid picture of "a world of signs and symbols, where everything that took place had meaning, a world of mythic proportions....A world in which the spirits of the dead were no longer invisible, nor the angels," where the master and his disciples labor to repair the world so that the footsteps of the Messiah might be heard. Drawn from rabbinic, kabbalistic, folk, and Hasidic sources, these collected tales form a rich genre all their own. In Gabriel's Palace, the powerful tradition of Jewish mysticism comes to life in clear, contemporary English.
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Book details

List price: $39.99
Publisher: Oxford University Press, Incorporated
Publication date: 10/20/1994
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 432
Size: 5.50" wide x 8.00" long x 1.00" tall
Weight: 0.792
Language: English

Introduction
Rabbinic Tales
The Golden Dove
An Appointment with Death
Isaac's Ascent
The Magic Flock
The Ascent of Moses
The Chronicle of Serah bat Asher
Mysteries of the Chariot
The Four Who Entered Paradise
Rabbi Ishmael's Ascent
The Waters of the Abyss
The Vision of the High Priest
The Keys of the Temple
The Spirit of Idolatry
The Angel of Conception
The Golden Table
The Tzohar
The Gates of Eden
The Law Is Not in Heaven
The Voice in the Attic
Forcing the End
Kabbalistic Tales
The Circle of Shimon bar Yohai
The Cave of Shimon bar Yohai
The Decree
The Curtain of Fire
A Saint from the Other World
The Golden Scepter
The Book of Adam
Rabbi Gadiel the Child
The Celestial Academy
The Book of Flying Letters
Candles in the Synagogue
A Kiss from the Master
The Circle of the Ari
The Pillar of Cloud
The Angel of Forgetfulness
The Dancing of the Ari
The Blessing of the Kohanim
The Journey to Jerusalem
The Precious Prayer
A Vision at the Wailing Wall
Reading the Lips of the Ari
The Speaking Flame
Greeting the Sabbath Queen
Gathering Sparks
Delivering a Message
A Stone in the Wall
The Widow of Safed
The Body of Moses
A Visit to the City of the Dead
The Angel in the Mirror
The Handwriting of the Messiah
Other Kabbalistic Tales
The Palace of Vanities
The Chains of the Messiah
The Tzaddik of the Forest
The Angel of the Mishnah
A New Lease on Life
Redemption of the Lost Souls
Repairing Souls
The Tefillin of the Or Hayim
Mystical Folktales
Gabriel's Palace
The Cottage of Candles
Rabbi Shimon's Escape
The Boy Who Blew the Shofar
The Enchanted Inn
Leaves from the Garden of Eden
The Tenth Man
The Ram Whose Horns Reached to Heaven
The Cave of King David
The Shining Robe
The Evil Angel
The Young Man without a Soul
Asenath's Dove
The Tale of the Kiddush Cup
The Miracle in the Sukkah
Rabbi Naftali's Trance
Interpreting the Zohar
The Secrets of Kabbalah
The Flying Letters
The Curse
The Miracle of the Ring
The Angel's Daughter
The Bridegroom and the Angel of Death
The Cave to the Holy Land
The Cave of Temptations
The Hollow of the Sling
How Rabbi Judah the Pious Became a Great Scholar
The Words in the Sand
The Count Who Wanted to Study Kabbalah
The Dream Question of the Maharal
The Ruin
The Voice in the Tree
A Vision in the Cemetery
The Spirit of Hagigah
Hasidic Tales
The Circle of the Baal Shem Tov
The Book in the Cave
The Prince of Fire
The Angel's Sword
The Ladder of Prayers
The Tree of Life
A Crown of Shoes
The Flaming Tree
A Visitor from the Other World
The Master Key
The Enchanted Island
The Circle of Fire
The Tale of the Frog
The Field of Souls
Unlocking the Gates of Heaven
The Healing Spring
Lighting a Fire
The Circle of Reb Pinhas of Koretz
Opening a Verse
The Angel of the Zohar
The Angel of Friendship
The Underground Forest
Reb Pinhas and the Angel of Death
The Circle of Reb Elimelech of Lizensk
The Woman in the Forest
A Bowl of Soup
The Wine of Paradise
The Young Magician
Reb Shmelke's Whip
Three Stars
The Shadow on the Wall
The Garden of the Torah
The Circle of Reb Nachman of Bratslav
A Vision of Light
The Scribe
The Sabbath Fish
The Sword of the Messiah
The Souls of Trees
Divining from the Zohar
The Angel of Losses
The Book That Was Burned
A Letter from the Beyond
Reb Nachman's Chair
Reb Nachman's Tomb
The Soul of Reb Nachman
Other Hasidic Masters
A Vision of the Bride
The Flaming Letters
The Saba Kadisha in the Upper World
The Wandering Well
The Sabbath Guests
From the Beyond
The Prayer Leader
The Pact
The Clock of the Seer of Lublin
The Soul of the Ari
The Blind Angel
The Cave of Mattathias
A New Soul
A Vision
The Tale of the Etrog
A Wandering Soul
Trying to Pray
The Tale of the Kugel
Sources and Commentary
Appendix
Glossary
Bibliography
Index