Ethical Tales from the Kabbalah: Stories from the Kabbalistic Ethical Writings

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Jewish Publication Society, 1988 - Religion - 174 pages
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Fifty-four charming and evocative tales, especially translated from Hebrew for this volume, recapture a rich yet virtually forgotten chapter in the history of Jewish narrative. They form the important transistional link between the esoteric mystical teachings of the sixteen-century kabbalists and the populists tales of the eighteenth-century Eastern European Hasidim. The author's running commentary further enhances the reader's appreciation of this capitivating material.
 

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Contents

The Walking Book
17
The Failing ofTorah without Prayer
31
Father Abraham Visits a Sukkah
47
The Former Marrams Offering
61
A False Accusation is Disproved
69
Souls in Exile
82
Reward and Punishment of a Corpse
99
The Ari and the Penitent
113
The Stench of Pride
129
Moments of Revelation of Renewal and of Failure
133
The Journey that Did Not Take Place
146
A Tale of Two Slaves
159
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