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Elijah's Violin and Other Jewish Fairy Tales - Howard Schwartz

Elijah's Violin and Other Jewish Fairy Tales

Paperback Published: 1st January 1996
ISBN: 9780195092004
Number Of Pages: 324

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Tales of magic and wonder can be found in every phase of Jewish literature, from the sacred to the secular. The fairy tale in particular--set in enchanted lands and populated with a variety of human and supernatural beings, both good and evil--holds a very special place in the Jewish tradition. For in the fairy tale, where good and evil engage in a timeless struggle, we have a clear reflection of the Jewish world view, where faith in God can defeat the evil impulse. In Elijah's Violin, Howard Schwartz offers a sumptuous collection of thirty-six Jewish fairy tales from virtually every corner of the world. At once otherworldy and earthy, pious and playful, these celebrated tales from Morocco and India, Spain and Eastern Europe, Babylon and Egypt, illustrate not only their Jewish character but also their universality of themes. Invoking the biblical tale of David and Goliath, we read as King David defeats the giant by hovering above its spear in King David and the Giant. In the romantic tale of The Princess in the Tower, a variant of Rapunzel, we watch as the cautious King Solomon recognizes the vanity in trying to prevent Providence from taking place. And we see the religious nature of the quest for Elijah's violin in the title story. The successful completion of the king's quest enables the violin's imprisoned melodies, emblematic of the Jewish spirit, to be set free. Throughout this richly illustrated collection, one can find the quests and riddles of the traditional fairy tale along with the divine intervention that characterizes the Jewish fairy tale. Skillfully translated, these stories will captivate children and adults alike in which romance and magic become enchantingly entwined with faith, duty, and wisdom.

Industry Reviews

"Good stories deserve retelling, and Scwartz tells them beautifully."--Jewish Chronicle "Schwartz supplies a concise introduction and retells the stories in a plain and simple prose which serves them well. An exotic and varied collection, intriguingly illustrated by Linda Heller."--The Sunday Times (London) "A fresh treasury--rediscovered and retold--of wonderful old tales new to English-speaking lovers of the ancient, the enthralling, the marvelous, the delightful, kings, emperors, witches, beggars, demons, princesses, dragons; but also Jews and rabbis and Sabbaths and sacral study....I rejoice in the splendor--imagination's bliss--of Howard Schartz's collection."--Cynthia Ozick "Superb....Brimming with color and design....A treasure for all generations."--Peter Schram, The Melton Journal "Exotic enchantment and timeless truth."--Jewish Journal "In this era of 'realistic' children's literature, a new collection of fairy tales is to be celebrated. All [the stories] are timeless in their appeal to that part of us that seeks another world than the one we inhabit daily. Linda Heller's illustrations are the perfect accompaniment and will have most children (and adults) flipping pages ahead to 'get the story with the pictures.'"--St. Louis Post-Dispatch "[These] are stories told by a gifted writer and poet to be read and savored, and to provide inspiration for other storytellers....Schwartz has given a new and powerful expression to the ancient voice of the traditional Jewish storyteller, a voice which deserves to be heard--and indeed needs to be heard--in our generation."--The Sagarin Review (The St. Louis Jewish Literary Journal)

Introduction: On Jewish Fairy Talesp. 1
Elijah's Violinp. 19
The Witches of Ashkelonp. 25
The Golden Mountainp. 29
The Princess and the Slavep. 36
King David and the Giantp. 44
The Princess in the Towerp. 47
King Solomon and Asmodeusp. 53
The Beggar Kingp. 59
The Eternal Lightp. 67
The Mysterious Palacep. 77
The Flight of the Eaglep. 82
The Wooden Swordp. 89
The Magic Flute of Asmodeusp. 94
Partnership with Asmodeusp. 102
The Demon Princessp. 107
The Enchanted Mountainp. 118
The Nightingale and the Dovep. 122
The Golden Treep. 127
The Golden Featherp. 137
The Mute Princessp. 148
The Princess on the Glass Mountainp. 155
The Wonderful Healing Leavesp. 163
The Princess with Golden Hairp. 169
The Enchanted Journeyp. 181
The Magic Mirror of Rabbi Adamp. 187
The King's Dreamp. 197
The Boy Israel and the Witchp. 203
The Lost Princessp. 210
The Prince Who Was Made of Precious Gemsp. 219
The Water Palacep. 227
The Pirate Princessp. 237
The Golden Birdp. 247
The Imprisoned Princessp. 254
The Exiled Princessp. 263
The Underground Palacep. 270
The City of Luzp. 279
Sourcesp. 294
Glossaryp. 300
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ISBN: 9780195092004
ISBN-10: 0195092007
Audience: General
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 324
Published: 1st January 1996
Publisher: Oxford University Press Inc
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 21.77 x 14.12  x 2.41
Weight (kg): 0.3