Gabriel's Palace: Jewish Mystical Tales

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Howard Schwartz
OUP USA, Oct 1, 1994 - Literary Collections - 432 pages
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A vast bounty of tales recounting mystical experiences among the rabbis can be found in the Talmud, the Zohar, Jewish folktales, and Hasidic lore. Now, in Gabriel's Palace, scholar Howard Schwartz has collected the greatest of these stories, sacred and secular, in a marvelously readable anthology. Gabriel's Palace offers a treasury of 150 pithy and powerful tales, involving experiences of union with the divine, out-of-body travel, encounters with angels and demons, possession by spirits holy and pernicious, and more. Schwartz provides an informative introduction placing these remarkable tales firmly in the context of centuries of post-biblical Jewish tradition. The body of the text presents spellbinding tales from the Talmud, Zohar, the Hasidic masters, and an enormous range of other sources. Here are stories of Shimon bar Yohai, reputed to be the author of the Zohar; Isaac Luria, known as the Ari, who was the central figure among the Safed mystics of the 16th century; Israel ben Eliezer, known as Baal Shem Tov, who founded Hasidism; Elimelech of Lizensk, possessor of legendary mystical powers; and Nachman of Bratslav, the great storyteller whose wandering spirit is said to protect his followers to this day. Together, these tales paint a vivid picture of "a world of signs and symbols, where everything that took place had meaning, a world of mythic proportions....A world in which the spirits of the dead were no longer invisible, nor the angels," where the master and his disciples labor to repair the world so that the footsteps of the Messiah might be heard. Drawn from rabbinic, kabbalistic, folk, and Hasidic sources, these collected tales form a rich genre all their own. In Gabriel's Palace, the powerful tradition of Jewish mysticism comes to life in clear, contemporary English.
 

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Schwartz has collected modern Jewish folktales in Gates to the New City ( LJ 10/1/83), folktales from around the world in Miriam's Tambourine ( LJ 1/87), and tales of the supernatural in Lilith's Cave ... Read full review

Contents

Introduction
3
RABBINIC TALES
4
The Golden Dove
41
An Appointment with Death
42
Isaacs Ascent
43
The Magic Flock
44
The Ascent of Moses
45
The Chronicle of Serah bat Asher
47
Interpreting the Zohar
154
The Secrets of Kabbalah
155
The Flying Letters
156
The Curse
157
The Miracle of the Ring
158
The Angels Daughter
160
The Bridegroom and the Angel of Death
162
The Cave to the Holy Land
164

Mysteries of the Chariot
50
The Four Who Entered Paradise
51
Rabbi Ishmaels Ascent
52
The Waters of the Abyss
54
The Vision of the High Priest
55
The Keys of the Temple
56
The Angel of Conception
57
The Golden Table
58
The Tzobar
59
The Gates of Eden
62
The Law Is Not in Heaven
63
The Voice in the Attic
64
Forcing the End
65
KABBALISTIC TALES
67
The Circle of Shimon bar Yohai 21 The Cave of Shimon bar Yohai
69
The Decree
70
The Curtain of Fire
71
A Saint from the Other World
72
The Golden Scepter
73
The Book of Adam
74
Rabbi Gadiel the Child
75
The Celestial Academy
76
The Book of Flying Letters
77
Candles in the Synagogue
78
A Kiss from the Master
79
The Circle of the Art 32 The Pillar of Cloud
80
The Angel of Forgetfulness
81
The Dancing of the Ari
83
The Blessing of the Kohanim
84
The Journey to Jerusalem
86
A Vision at the Wailing Wall
87
Reading the Lips of the Ari
89
The Speaking Flame
90
Greeting the Sabbath Queen
93
Gathering Sparks
94
Delivering a Message
95
A Stone in the Wall
97
The Widow of Safed
98
The Body of Moses
100
A Visit to the City of the Dead
101
The Angel in the Mirror
102
The Handwriting of the Messiah
103
The Palace of Vanities
104
The Chains of the Messiah
106
The Tzaddik of the Forest
109
The Angel of the Mishnah
112
A New Lease on Life
114
Redemption of the Lost Souls
115
Repairing Souls
116
The Tefillin of the Or Hayim
117
MYSTICAL FOLKTALES
119
Gabriels Palace
121
The Cottage of Candles
124
Rabbi Shimons Escape
126
The Boy Who Blew the Shofar
127
The Enchanted Inn
130
Leaves from the Garden of Eden
134
The Tenth Man
135
The Ram Whose Horns Reached to Heaven
137
The Cave of King David
139
The Shining Robe
141
The Evil Angel
143
The Young Man without a Soul
145
Asenaths Dove
148
The Tale of the Kiddush Cup
149
The Miracle in the Sukkah
151
Rabbi Naftalis Trance
152
The Cave of Temptations
166
The Hollow of the Sling
168
How Rabbi Judah the Pious Became a Great Scholar
170
The Words in the Sand
171
The Count Who Wanted to Study Kabbalah
172
The Dream Question of the Maharal
174
The Ruin
175
The Voice in the Tree
177
A Vision in the Cemetery
178
The Spirit of Hagigah
179
HASIDIC TALES
181
The Circle of the Baal Shem Tov 92 The Book in the Cave
183
The Prince of Fire
187
The Angels Sword
189
The Ladder of Prayers
191
The Tree of Life
192
A Crown of Shoes
194
The Flaming Tree
195
A Visitor from the Other World
196
The Master Key
198
The Enchanted Island
199
The Circle of Fire
202
The Tale of the Frog
203
The Field of Souls
204
Unlocking the Gates of Heaven
205
The Healing Spring
207
Lighting a Fire
209
Opening a Verse
210
The Angel of the Zohar
212
no The Angel of Friendship
213
in The Underground Forest
214
Reb Pinhas and the Angel of Death
219
The Woman in the Forest
221
A Bowl of Soup
222
The Wine of Paradise
223
The Young Magician
224
Reb Shmelkes Whip
226
Three Stars
227
The Shadow on the Wall
228
The Garden of the Torah
229
A Vision of Light
231
The Scribe
232
The Sabbath Fish
233
The Sword of the Messiah
234
The Souls of Trees
236
Divining from the Zohar
237
The Angel of Losses
238
The Book That Was Burned
239
A Letter from the Beyond
240
Reb Nachmans Chair
241
Reb Nachmans Tomb
242
The Soul of Reb Nachman
244
Other Hasidic Masters 133 A Vision of the Bride
245
The Flaming Letters
247
The Saba Kadisha in the Upper World
248
The Wandering Well
250
The Sabbath Guests
251
From the Beyond
253
The Blind Angel
259
The Tale of the Etrog
265
Sources and Commentary
275
Appendix
357
Glossary
367
Bibliography
377
Index
393
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Howard Schwartz is Professor of English Literature at the University of Missouri, St. Louis. His other collections of Jewish folklore include Elijah's Violin & Other Jewish Fairy Tales, Miriam's Tambourine: Jewish Folktales from Around the World, and Lilith's Cave: Jewish Tales of the Supernatural. He has also edited the anthologies Gates to the New City: A Treasury of Modern Jewish Tales, Voices Within the Ark: The Modern Jewish Poets, and Imperial Messages: 100 Modern Parables.

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