Night Tales Of The Shammas

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(New condition)In Night Tales the Shammas, an old medieval storyteller recounts the tales that have transmitted Jewish wisdom throughout the centuries and have, at the same time, transformed listeners in profound ways. In this highly original tour de force, the complex fabric of Jewish tradition is offered to the reader through the interweaving of the rich stories told by Jews since time immemorial. Michael Katz has cast an old synagogue caretaker (shammas) as the traditional storyteller in this unique volume. To the shammas, the classic Jewish fables he is telling happened in a slightly hazy time, in and around the central yeshiva in Cologne. He remembers his grandmother telling these stories in terms of the commonplace and mystical incidents that occurred once upon a time at the edge of the River Rhine. Night after night. the shammas retells these stories to his rabbi, filling the cracks and crevices of the tales with the life and customs of medieval Jews and sprinkling each tale with Jewish myth. legend. and folklore. A people's fables are close to the human heart, and the older the tales, the more elementally human they are. Over the years, stories are told and retold, and only those re-
(New condition)In Night Tales the Shammas, an old medieval storyteller recounts the tales that have transmitted Jewish wisdom throughout the centuries

Author:Michael Jay Katz
Type:Hardcover
Condition Rating:2
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