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Prague has been one of the most significant towns of European Judaism for many centuries. The stories about the wise Rabbi Loew, the Golem and wealthy Mordecai Maisel allow us to visualize the long lost world of the Jewish Prague. Beautifully illustrated in black-and-white.
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Published 2007 by Vitalis (first published January 1st 2000)
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Shane
Quaint short stories about the Jews in the Prague Ghetto. The Prague Jews are portrayed as a people living on the edge, waiting for the next disaster to label them the perpetrators and face a pogrom. They can only rely on a benevolent Czech ruler sitting up in Prague Castle on the hill (he is not always benevolent and had his fits and burps too), magic, dreams, Golem's and other mystical happenings to guide and protect them.

The prophet Elijah pays frequent visits and Rabbis are astute and calcul
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David Sarkies
I was wondering around the Prague castle when I realised that I needed to pick up so souveniers from friends back home in Australia so I decided to wonder into one of the shops there (and to be honest with you, I have seen more sovenier shops in one city in Europe that I have seen in my entire life in Australia. We Australians really have no concept of mass tourism). Anyway, a friend of mine wanted something arcane, and to be honest with you, I did not realise that you could get any more arcane ...more
Gemski
This is a really interesting insight into some of the most important legends of the early Jewish community in the Prague ghetto.
I think that the stories are told in too much of a simplistic way - they are more like matter-of-fact recounts of stories than stories told with a really well written narrative. I imagine that these stories have been translated directly without being reworked, which could explain the tone of them.
Nonetheless, I'd recommended this to anyone who is interested in Prague o
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Angie Schoch
If you can, get this edition! The illustrations are gorgeous, especially those of the Prague cemetery(reminiscent of Gustave Dore's artwork accompanying Milton's Paradise Lost). Some tales are well known, and they are told in simple linguistic translation with little embellishment. Others were surprise to me, such as the tale of a man too poor to provide for his family during Passover, and has a dead monkey with a belly full of ducats thrown through his window!
All in all, a fun and very quick re
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