Because God Loves Stories An Anthology of Jewish Storytelling

ISBN-10: 0684811758

ISBN-13: 9780684811758

Edition: 1997

Authors: Steve Zeitlin

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An exciting new treasury of Jewish stories and storytellers, from ancient tales and classics re-imagined to contemporary family stories, parables, and humor "Why were human beings created?" goes a traditional Jewish saying. "Because God loves stories." Storytelling has been part of Jewish religion and custom from earliest times and it remains a defining aspect of Jewish life. In Because God Loves Stories, folklorist Steve Zeitlin assembles the work of thirty-six Jewish storytellers, each of whom spins tales that express his or her own distinctive visions of Jewish culture. Contemporary storytellers re-interpret stories from the Talmud for modern sensibilities, the Grand Rabbi of Bluzhov tells tales of the Holocaust, beloved comedian Sam Levenson regales readers with hilarious vignettes of Jewish life in America, and much more.
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List price: $20.95
Copyright year: 1997
Publisher: Touchstone
Publication date: 4/2/1997
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 304
Size: 6.25" wide x 9.50" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 0.748
Language: English

Steve Zeitlin received his Ph.D. in folklore from the University of Pennsylvania. He is the director and co-founder of City Lore: The New York Center for Urban Folk Culture and a regular commentator for National Public Radio. Zeitlin is the co-author of several books, including A Celebration of American Family Folklore. He lives in Hastings-on-Hudson, New York.

Table of Contents
Ancient Times In Contemporary Tales
Nina Jaffe
The Most Precious Thing
Syd Lieberman
Challahs in the Ark
Elijah and the Poor Man's Wish
Merit of the Sabbath
Joseph Elias
The Sound of Work
The Talking Mule
Rabbi Edward Schecter
Isaac's Bar Mitzvah
The Shtetl
The Shtetl in Folktale
Eve Penner Ilsen
A Tale of Reb Nakhum Chernobler and a Tikkun
Rabbi Edward Schecter
The Teller of Tales
Levi Yitchak Burns the Evidence
Syd Lieberman, Steve Sanfield
The Founding Fathers
A Chelm Medley
Michael Wex
The Kugel
Corey Fischer
The Golem Haunts the Cemetery in Prague
The Shtetl in Family Stories
Rita Fecher
The Day My Great-Grandmother Died
Peninnah Schram
The Czar's Army
The Czarina's Dress
Henry Sapoznik
Tants! Tants! Yiddish Music in the Old Country
Matilda Friedman
Think for Yourself
Marc Kaminsky
My Grandmother's Family Tales
Roslyn Bresnick-Perry
Leaving for America
A Real American Girl
My First Thanksgiving
Barbara Kirshenblatt-Gimblett
From Immigrant to Ethnic in a Family's Tales
Ruth Rubin
Grandmother Elke: Next Year in Jerusalem
Rosa Kuinova
The Refusenik
The Lower East Side And Beyond
Tenement Life
Sam Levenson
The Tax Man in the Tailor Shop
Gus Tyler
"The Strike of the Schnorrers" Revisited
Jack Tepper
Shirlee Kresh Hecker
Papa's SukkahIke the Pike
Hank Halio
A Jew Who Don't Speak Yiddish:Ashkenazi/Sephardic Cultural Differences
The American South
Solomon Blatt
What Mr. Blatt Can't Eat
The Catskills
Joey Adams
The Kokhaleyn
The Tumler
Yiddish Theater
Baruch Lumet
Plotting to Kill Harry
Zypora Spaisman
The Lonesome Ship
Jewish Summer Camps
Rabbi David Holtz
Water and Wine
Folk and Hasidic Tales
Rabbi Israel Spira Yaffa Eliach
Even the Transgressors in Israel
Hovering above the Pit
Nina Jaffe Steve Zeitlin
In Your Hands
Sam Levenson
The Wand
Bitter Memories
Melvin Katz
Only the Small Survive
Pretending to Work
The Cigarette
New Barracks
A Bowl of Soup
Lisa Lipkin
What My Mother Never Told Me:Reminiscences of a Child of a Holocaust Survivor
Barbara Myerhoff
The Shoebox
Roslyn Bresnick-Perry
Going Home to Nowhere
Humor In Contemporary Jewish Life
Moshe Waldoks
The Health Club
Steve Zeitlin
Jewish Laughter, God's Sense of Humor
Shelley Brenner
Ezekiel's Wheel
Steve Zeitlin
A Penchant for Parable
Rabbi Tsvi Blanchard
The Healing Power of Jewish Stories
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