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Folktales of the Jews, Volume 2
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Folktales from Eastern Europe presents 71 tales from Ashkenasic culture in the most important collection of Jewish folktales ever published. It is the second volume in Folktales of the Jews, the five-volume series to be released over the next several years, in the tradition of Louis Ginzberg's classic, Legends of the Jews. The tales here and the others in this series have been selected from the Israel Folktale Archives at The University of Haifa, Israel (IFA), a treasure house of Jewish lore that has remained largely unavailable to the entire world until now. Since the creation of the State of Israel, the IFA has collected more than 20,000 tales from newly arrived immigrants, long-lost stories shared by their families from around the world. The tales come from the major ethno-linguistic communities of the Jewish world and are representative of a wide variety of subjects and motifs, especially rich in Jewish content and context. Each of the tales is accompanied by in-depth commentary that explains the tale's cultural, historical, and literary background and its similarity to other tales in the IFA collection, and extensive scholarly notes. There is also an introduction that describes the Ashkenasic culture and its folk narrative tradition, a world map of the areas covered, illustrations, biographies of the collectors and narrators, tale type and motif indexes, a subject index, and a comprehensive bibliography. Until the establishment of the IFA, we had had only limited access to the wide range of Jewish folk narratives. Even in Israel, the gathering place of the most wide-ranging cross-section of world Jewry, these folktales have remained largely unknown. Many of the communities no longer exist as cohesive societies in their representative lands; the Holocaust, migration, and changes in living styles have made the continuation of these tales impossible. This volume and the others to come will be monuments to a rich but vanishing oral tradition

Table of Contents

  1. Cover
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  1. Front Matter
  2. pp. i-vi
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  1. Contents
  2. pp. vii-ix
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  1. Foreword
  2. pp. xi-xiv
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  1. Acknowledgments
  2. pp. xv-xvi
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  1. Introduction to Volume 2
  2. pp. xvii-xxxix
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  1. A Note on the Commentaries
  2. pp. xli-xlii
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  1. Tales of the Supernatural
  2. p. 1
  1. 1. The Three-Day Fair in Balta (IFA 708)
  2. pp. 2-11
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  1. 2. The Kaddish (IFA 18159)
  2. pp. 12-20
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  1. 3. The House Vanished with All Its Inhabitants (IFA7290)
  2. pp. 21-25
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  1. 4. The Rabbi Who Was Tricked (IFA 779)
  2. pp. 26-32
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  1. 5. The Demons and Spirits under the Fingernails (IFA 8792)
  2. pp. 33-47
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  1. 6. The Treasure (IFA 8256)
  2. pp. 48-52
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  1. 7. The Bottle of Oil from the Holy Land (IFA4024)
  2. pp. 53-57
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  1. Hasidic Tales
  2. p. 57
  1. 8. Rebbe Shmelke’s Matzos (IFA 237)
  2. pp. 58-63
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  1. 9. The Unforgotten Melody (IFA 5794)
  2. pp. 64-69
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  1. 10. The Power of a Melody (IFA 5793)
  2. pp. 70-76
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  1. 11. The Happy Man (IFA 12214)
  2. pp. 76-80
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  1. 12. How Rothschild Became Wealthy (IFA 18601)
  2. pp. 81-91
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  1. 13. Why Rebbe Levi Yitzhak of Berdichev Deviated from His Custom (IFA 7612)
  2. pp. 92-101
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  1. 14. The Blessing of Elijah the Prophet on Yom Kippur (IFA 960)
  2. pp. 102-108
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  1. 15. Rebbe Pinhas’l of Korets (IFA 9797)
  2. pp. 109-117
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  1. 16. The Karliner Rebbe’s Prescription (IFA 7912)
  2. pp. 118-122
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  1. 17. The Merit of the Third Sabbath Meal (IFA 5361)
  2. pp. 123-132
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  1. 18. The Apostate Who Made the Tenth for a Minyan (IFA 4936)
  2. pp. 133-138
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  1. Holocaust Tales
  2. p. 139
  1. 19. The Fireflies on Rosh Hashanah Night in Lodz Ghetto (IFA 2361)
  2. pp. 140-143
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  1. 20. The Miracle of the White Doves (IFA 11165)
  2. pp. 144-150
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  1. Historical Tales
  2. p. 151
  1. 21. The Exodus on Purim in the Town of Yampol (IFA 3892)
  2. pp. 152-161
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  1. 22. What Really Caused World War I (IFA 14026)
  2. pp. 162-166
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  1. Tales between Jews and Non-Jews
  2. p. 167
  1. 23. The Shofar of the Messiah (IFA 6306)
  2. pp. 168-185
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  1. 24. The Redemption of Captives (IFA 4813)
  2. pp. 186-191
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  1. 25. The Long “H.ad Gadya” (IFA 7211)
  2. pp. 192-201
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  1. 26. The Two Friends (IFA 3222)
  2. pp. 202-206
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  1. 27. The Gentile Beggar’s Secret (IFA 4541)
  2. pp. 207-213
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  1. 28. The Boy Who Was Kidnapped and Brought to Russia (IFA 18140)
  2. pp. 214-220
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  1. 29. The Jew Who Returned to His People (IFA 8915)
  2. pp. 221-228
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  1. 30. The Boots Made from a Torah Scroll (IFA 8257)
  2. pp. 229-235
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  1. 31. The Gentile Who Wanted to Screw the Jew (IFA 18136)
  2. pp. 236-242
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  1. Moral Tales
  2. p. 243
  1. 32. The Old Couple and Their Children (IFA 3364)
  2. pp. 244-249
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  1. 33. With the Rebbe’s Power (IFA 19892)
  2. pp. 250-254
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  1. 34. Gossip Is Worse Than Profaning the Sabbath (IFA 5609)
  2. pp. 255-262
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  1. 35. The Tailor Who Was Content with His Lot (IFA 8255)
  2. pp. 263-268
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  1. 36. A Poor Man’s Wisdom Is Scorned (IFA 13498)
  2. pp. 269-272
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  1. 37. A Change of Place Is a Change of Luck (?) (IFA 14260)
  2. pp. 273-277
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  1. 38. God Will Help (IFA 18130)
  2. pp. 278-281
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  1. 39. The Poisoned Cake (IFA 551)
  2. pp. 282-287
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  1. 40. There Is No Truth in the World (IFA 8004)
  2. pp. 288-305
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  1. 41. Everyone Prefers His Own Bundle of Troubles (IFA 14460)
  2. pp. 306-312
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  1. 42. Reb Zusha the Shoemaker (IFA 19949)
  2. pp. 313-316
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  1. 43. "As Face Answers to Face in Water" (IFA 20439)
  2. pp. 317-325
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  1. 44. Who Has the Right to Benefit from the Ten Commandments? (IFA 7755)
  2. pp. 326-333
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  1. 45. The Neighbor in Paradise (IFA 5377)
  2. pp. 334-337
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  1. 46. A Trial in Heaven (IFA 19585)
  2. pp. 338-341
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  1. 47. White Flowers, Red Flowers (IFA 18156)
  2. pp. 342-346
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  1. Folktales
  2. p. 347
  1. 48. The King’s Three Daughters (IFA 7202)
  2. pp. 348-355
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  1. 49. A Boy and Girl Who Were Destined for Each Other (IFA 18132)
  2. pp. 356-362
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  1. 50. The Three Young Men (IFA 6098)
  2. pp. 363-371
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  1. 51. The Poor Man Who Became Rich (IFA 8021)
  2. pp. 372-380
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  1. 52. The Stolen Ring (IFA 7812)
  2. pp. 381-386
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  1. 53. The Money Hidden in the Cemetery (IFA 4032)
  2. pp. 387-397
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  1. 54. Catch the Thief; or Don’t Put Too Much Trust in a Pious Person (IFA 14962)
  2. pp. 398-402
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  1. Humorous Tales
  2. p. 403
  1. 55. I Came From M
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  1. 56. The Jewish Innkeeper (IFA 4815)
  2. pp. 410-417
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  1. 57. Little Fish, Big Fish (IFA 8889)
  2. pp. 418-421
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  1. 58. Three Complaints (IFA 8794)
  2. pp. 422-426
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  1. 59. The Elderly Cantor (IFA 6655)
  2. pp. 427-430
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  1. 60. What Kind of Congregants I’ve Got! (IFA13908)
  2. pp. 431-433
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  1. 61. What Kind of Rabbi We’ve Got in This Town! (IFA 13909)
  2. pp. 434-436
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  1. 62. Half Is Mine and Half Is Yours (IFA 6976)
  2. pp. 437-445
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  1. 63. A Visit by Elijah the Prophet (IFA 3955)
  2. pp. 446-451
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  1. 64. The Emissary From the World to Come (IFA 2826)
  2. pp. 452-458
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  1. 65. Froyim Greidinger Revives the Dead (IFA 7127)
  2. pp. 459-465
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  1. 66. The Death of a Wicked Heretic (IFA 21021)
  2. pp. 466-472
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  1. 67. Who Had It Better? (IFA 21022)
  2. pp. 473-476
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  1. 68. The Shammes Who Became a Millionaire (IFA 14351)
  2. pp. 477-479
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  1. 69. I Have No Place to Rest (IFA 18592)
  2. pp. 480-482
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  1. 70. Stalin Tests His “Friends” (IFA 14263)
  2. pp. 483-485
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  1. 71. Communism and Religion (IFA14264)
  2. pp. 486-488
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  1. Abbreviations
  2. pp. 489-492
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  1. Narrators
  2. pp. 493-504
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  1. Collectors
  2. pp. 505-511
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  1. Bibliography
  2. pp. 512-588
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  1. Motif Indexes
  2. pp. 589-607
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  1. Tale Type Indexes
  2. pp. 608-618
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  1. General Index
  2. pp. 619-624
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