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Someone once observed that "A Jew is composed of 28 percent fear, 2 percent sugar, and 70 percent nerve." Certainly, the Jews have needed every bit of that nerve over centuries of persecution. The struggle and triumph of Jewishness, author Josepha Sherman observes, "is reflected in the vast body of Jewish folklore, which emphasizes ethical behavior and survival through cleverness, kindness, and above all, humor."
In this American Folklore Series volume, Josepha Sherman presents the rich and varied folklore of the American Jew. This examination of Jewish-American traditions includes lunar holidays and everyday observances; wonder tales from the Sorcerer's Apprentice to a Jewish version of Cinderella; tales of dybbuks, golems and other supernatural beings; and superstitions and traditions surrounding birth, marriage, and death. Hershele, the trickster of Jewish legend, is here, as are the skewed logic of the Wise Men of Chelm, stories of clever folk and survivors, and proverbs.
This affectionate and unflinching examination of the traditions of American Jews offers insights for expert and casual students of folklore and makes an ideal gift for anyone interested in the origins of Jewish culture.
JOSEPHA SHERMAN, an editor and specialist in comparative folklore, holds a B.A. from Hunter College and an M.A. in Near Eastern Archaeology. She is the author of more than ten books and some fifty stories and articles. Her novel, The Shining Falcon, won the Compton Crook Award for the best first novel of 1989. She lives in Riverdale, New York.
"Reveals the varieties of Jewish wisdom, cleverness, irony, and humor." —Publishers Weekly
Title: Sampler of Jewish-American Folklore
Illustrator: Reg. Price: $11.95
Publisher: August House, Inc.:
ISBN Number: 0-87483-193-8
ISBN Number 13: 9780874831931
Book Details: line drawings, collection notes, motif index, and bibliography, paperback, August House, Inc.
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Seller ID: 831938