By Beatrice Weinreich
Full of princesses and witches, dybbuks and wonder-working rebbes, the 2 hundred remarkable stories that make up this pleasant compendium have been accrued through the Nineteen Twenties and Nineteen Thirties by way of ethnographers within the small cities and villages of japanese Europe. accumulated from humans of all walks of lifestyles, they comprise parables and allegories approximately lifestyles, good fortune, and knowledge; stories of magic and beauty; tales approximately rebbes and their disciples; and stories whose simply goal is to entertain. lengthy after the tradition that produced them has disappeared, those mesmerizing Yiddish folktales proceed to paintings their magic today.
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