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Folktales of the Jews, Volume 1

Tales from the Sephardic Dispersion

Edited by Dan Ben-Amos

Publication Year: 2006

Tales from the Sephardic Dispersion begins the most important collection of Jewish folktales ever published. It is the first 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 71 tales here and the others in this series have been selected from the Israel Folktale Archives, Named in Honor of Dov Noy, The University of Haifa (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 Sephardic 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.

Published by: Jewish Publication Society

Cover

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p. 1-1

Title Page, Copyright Page

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pp. 2-7

Contents

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pp. 8-11

Foreword

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pp. 12-15

Preface

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pp. 16-17

Acknowledgments

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pp. 18-19

Introduction to Folktales of the Jews

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pp. 20-31

Introduction to Volume 1

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pp. 32-45

A Note on the Commentaries

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pp. 46-47

Legends

1. The Tenth for the Minyan (IFA 16408)

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pp. 49-53

2. The Wedding Attended by the Patriarchs (IFA 6471)

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pp. 54-66

3. Hebron Purim (IFA 17063)

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pp. 67-73

4. The Miracle of the Torah Scrolls (IFA 15346)

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pp. 74-80

5. The Adventures of Raphael Meyuh.as (IFA 15348)

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pp. 81-88

6. A Story about My Great-Grandfather (IFA 8807)

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pp. 89-91

7. The Sanctification of God’s Name (IFA 8419)

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pp. 92-96

8. “Our Teacher Moses” and the King of Spain (IFA 13110)

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pp. 97-101

9. Maimonides and the Study of Medicine (IFA 4905)

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pp. 102-108

10. Why Maimonides Is Buried in Tiberias (IFA 549)

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pp. 109-117

11. The Merchant and Rabbi Meir Ba‘al ha-Nes (IFA 8391)

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pp. 118-131

12. The Coin from the Collection Box of Rabbi Meir Ba‘al ha-Nes (IFA 9158)

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pp. 132-133

13. Sol Hachuel of Tangier (IFA 14964)

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pp. 134-141

14. The Awesome Tale of Rabbi Kalonymos (IFA 16405)

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pp. 142-156

15. A Blood Libel in Jerusalem (IFA 15347)

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pp. 157-161

16. The Ba‘al Shem Tov and the Sorcerer (IFA 863)

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pp. 162-169

17. On Passover (IFA 7000)

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pp. 170-175

18. H.akham Eliyahu Is Born through the Special Virtues of the Cave of the Prophet Elijah (IFA 2830)

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pp. 176-184

19. The Two Orphans of Istanbul (IFA 17068)

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pp. 185-191

20. Three Hairs from Elijah’s Beard (IFA 2420)

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pp. 192-196

21. The Man Who Unintentionally Made His Fortune from the Devil (IFA 2605)

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pp. 197-202

22. The Gilgul (IFA 2634)

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pp. 203-211

23. The Prince’s Gilgul (IFA 2644)

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pp. 212-219

24. A Letter from Morocco to the Western Wall (IFA 556)

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pp. 220-224

25. Rabbi Jacob the Storyteller; or the Power of Repentance (IFA 2623)

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pp. 225-233

26. The Immigration Pangs of Rabbi Chilibon Franco of Rhodes (IFA 13405)

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pp. 234-238

27. How the New Immigrant Doychon Torres Got Rid of the Cheese He Brought with Him without a Kashrut Certificate (IFA 13404)

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pp. 239-243

Moral Tales

28. God Loves the Heart (IFA 10089)

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pp. 245-259

29. The Honest Merchant (IFA 6295)

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pp. 260-263

30. The Rich Man Who Avoided Giving Charity but Later Mended His Ways (IFA 2604)

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pp. 264-267

31. The Pregnant King (IFA 14043)

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pp. 268-270

32. The Rich Man and His Two Sons (IFA 4441)

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pp. 271-273

Folktales

33. Noah’s Daughter (IFA 660)

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pp. 275-279

34. The Angel Who Descended to Put the World in Order (IFA 19910)

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pp. 280-288

35. Satan’s Son (IFA 16395)

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pp. 289-300

36. The Astrologer-King and the Rabbi (IFA 10086)

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pp. 301-309

37. A Bear Makes a Poor Musician Rich but Is Insulted by the Musician’s Wife (IFA 1709)

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pp. 310-325

38. An Old Man’s Advice Makes a Poor Man Rich (IFA 3576)

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pp. 326-351

39. Half a Friend (IFA 16403)

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pp. 352-358

40. The Man Who Knew All about Animals, Diamonds, and People’s Character (IFA 6402)

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pp. 359-370

41. This, Too, Shall Pass (IFA 4425)

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pp. 371-382

42. Letters from the Angel of Death (IFA 9704)

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pp. 383-385

43. There Is No Escaping Heaven’s Decree (IFA 10084)

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pp. 386-402

44. What Heaven Ordains Must Surely Take Place (IFA 6591)

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pp. 403-411

45. The Rabbi’s Son and the King’s Daughter (IFA 4735)

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pp. 412-431

46. The King’s Wise Daughter (IFA 12549)

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pp. 432-443

47. The Trained Cat and the Rabbi’s Wise Daughter (IFA 7602)

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pp. 444-451

48. The Rabbi’s Son and the Priest (IFA 10085)

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pp. 452-479

49. King Abdul-Aziz, the Jewish Builder, and the Wicked Painter (IFA 3977)

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pp. 480-492

50. The Miracle of Tu b’Shevat (IFA 10103)

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pp. 493-519

51. The Old Woman and the Wind (IFA 10101)

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pp. 520-525

52. King Solomon’s Judgment (IFA 11093)

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pp. 526-530

53. Anything to Find Favor with a Woman (IFA 2254)

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pp. 531-534

54. King Solomon, His Ethiopian Wife, and Her Lover (IFA 2666)

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pp. 535-546

55. The Miser Mohel and the Demon (IFA 9182)

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pp. 547-553

56. The Miraculous Circumcision (IFA 10087)

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pp. 554-559

57. The Disciples’ Envy of the Rabbi’s Son (IFA 4904)

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pp. 560-573

Humorous Tales

58. The Story of the Baklava (IFA 13)

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pp. 575-582

59. A Porter Saves Maimonides’ Life (IFA 5503)

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pp. 583-588

60. Blinder Than a Blind Man (IFA 12727)

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pp. 589-593

A General Note on the Tales of Djuha

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pp. 594-602

61. Djuha Helps His Mother (IFA 12729)

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pp. 603-606

62. Djuha’s Face (IFA 12548)

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pp. 607-608

63. Why Djuha Never Got Married (IFA 12726)

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pp. 609-612

64. Djuha Plays Dead (IFA 12551)

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pp. 613-616

65. Camel Seeds (IFA 12724)

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pp. 617-621

66. Djuha Counts the Donkeys (IFA 12552)

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pp. 622-624

67. Djuha and the Mules (IFA 8509)

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pp. 625-626

68. A Recipe for Fish (IFA12716)

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pp. 627-630

69. A Fair Division (IFA 9240)

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pp. 631-633

70. A Bad Man’s Desserts (IFA 332)

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pp. 634-636

71. The Rabbi and the Priest (IFA 14039)

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pp. 637-639

Abbreviations

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pp. 640-642

Narrators

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pp. 643-650

Collectors

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pp. 651-656

Bibliography

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pp. 657-722

Motif Indexes

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pp. 723-749

Tale Type Indexes

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pp. 750-762

General Index

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pp. 763-769


E-ISBN-13: 9780827610453
Print-ISBN-13: 9780827608290

Publication Year: 2006