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Classic Hassidic Tales: Marvellous Tales of Rabbi Israel Baal Shem and of His Great-Grandson, Rabbi Nachman, Retold from Hebrew, Yiddish and German

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The two famous Old French chronicles in this volume were composed by soldiers who took part in the Holy Wars. Villehardouin's Conquest of Constantinople is the first trustworthy and fully informed history of the Crusades. Distinguished by its simplicity and lucidity, it is an account of the Fourth Crusade, which ironically ended as a war against the Eastern Christians of t ...more
Hardcover, 258 pages
Published December 28th 1985 by Dorset Press (first published 1975)
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Isobelle Fox
This one will need to be read again and again. Like nested dolls, the layers of meaning and interpretation are many, and each one within another. Though I lack some of the cultural and historical context to illuminate every level, there is enough here for me to to ponder for years, and plenty even for those with less context.

I would add, too, that the stories of Rabbi Nachman are, without any additional speculation, highly enjoyable as image rich stories. They remind me pleasantly of the early
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Judith Shadford
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I loved the early section of the tales from Baal Shem Tov. They were so engaging and even plausible. In the later collection, the stories become increasingly similar--reliance on numerology, symbology and moralizing. In the early stories, when a character "becomes a coachman" you are jolting along beside the coachman and care about the outcome. The later collection are set-ups with two-dimensional characters meant to convey a moral.
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