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Classic Hassidic tales : marvellous tales of Rabbi Israel Baal Shem and of his great-grandson, Rabbi Nachman, retold from Hebrew, Yiddish and German sources

Author: Meyer Levin; Naḥman, of Bratslav
Publisher: New York : Dorset Press, 1985, ©1959.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"Marvelous tales of Rabbi Israel Baal Shem and of his grandson, Rabbi Nachman, taken from Hebrew, Yiddish and German sources and retold by a master storyteller. For generations of Jewish readers, the legend of the Baal Shem Tov has been like The Arabian Nights. Jewish folk tales have a particular genius for the creation of myth, and these fables weave the fabric of a substantive world. Drawing on the Hassidic values  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Legends
Named Person: Baʻal Shem Ṭov; Baʻal Shem Ṭov
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Meyer Levin; Naḥman, of Bratslav
ISBN: 0880290374 : 9780880290371
OCLC Number: 13033549
Notes: Originally published in 1932 under the title: The golden mountain.
Includes 26 legendary tales about Rabbi Israel and 12 tales told by Rabbi Nachman.
Description: xvii, 357 pages : illustrations ; 22 cm
Contents: The Baal Shem Tov. Before he was born ; Israel and the enemy ; The book of mysteries ; The secret marriage ; The bride in her grave ; Rabbi Israel and the sorcerer ; Two souls ; The standing sheep ; The mad dancers ; Rabbi Israel and the horse ; The burning tree ; The water-spirit ; The rich man ; The trial or Rabbi Gershon ; Rabbi Israel's daughter ; Prayer ; Thrice he laughed ; The burning or the Torah ; The boy's song ; The wandering in heaven ; The prophecy of the new year ; The false Messiah ; The Holy Land ; His Torah ; After the death ; The book of mysteries --
Rabbi Nachman of Bratzlaw. The dynasty ; The lost princess ; The broken betrothal ; The cripple ; The bull and the ram ; The prince ; The spider and the fly ; The rabbi's son ; The sage and the simpleton ; The king's son and the servant's son ; The wind that overturned the world ; The seven beggars.
Other Titles: Golden mountain
Responsibility: by Meyer Levin : illustrated by Marek Szwarc.

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"Marvelous tales of Rabbi Israel Baal Shem and of his grandson, Rabbi Nachman, taken from Hebrew, Yiddish and German sources and retold by a master storyteller. For generations of Jewish readers, the legend of the Baal Shem Tov has been like The Arabian Nights. Jewish folk tales have a particular genius for the creation of myth, and these fables weave the fabric of a substantive world. Drawing on the Hassidic values of piety, ardor, fervor and ecstasy, the stories hold many meanings, both hidden and clear. Levin has gathered here the scattered legends of the Baal Shem Tov to form the legendary life story of Rabbi Israel (born in 1700 in Okup; died in 1760 in Medzibuz). Considered the finest translation of forty authentic Hassidic tales by such authorities as Elie Wiesel, the book includes these famous stories: The bride in her grave: a true story of how the Baal Shem Tov brought back a bride from the other world; The burning of the Torah: here is the Tale of the terrific struggle between the Baal Shem Tov and the Enemy, who by foul trickery sought to have the Torah taken away from the Jews; The bull and the ram, who ended the reign of the tyrant king; The water spirit: the revengeful lake that was angry because of the hideous sin that had been thrown into it, and how Rabbi Israel saved the sinner's son."--Dust jacket.

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