Their refusal to establish families sprang not from their passion for God, but from their pride, from their vanity. Preoccupied with their own destinies, they did not deign to consider others. Clearly, in their exaggerated opinion of ...
Author: Elie Wiesel
In Wise Men and Their Tales, a master teacher gives us his fascinating insights into the lives of a wide range of biblical figures, Talmudic scholars, and Hasidic rabbis. The matriarch Sarah, fiercely guarding her son, Isaac, against the negative influence of his half-brother Ishmael; Samson, the solitary hero and protector of his people, whose singular weakness brought about his tragic end; Isaiah, caught in the middle of the struggle between God and man, his messages of anger and sorrow counterbalanced by his timeless, eloquent vision of a world at peace; the saintly Rabbi Yehoshua ben Levi, who by virtue of a lifetime of good deeds was permitted to enter heaven while still alive and who tried to ensure a similar fate for all humanity by stealing the sword of the Angel of Death. Elie Wiesel tells the stories of these and other men and women who have been sent by God to help us find the godliness within our own lives. And what interests him most about these people is their humanity, in all its glorious complexity. They get angry—at God for demanding so much, and at people, for doing so little. They make mistakes. They get frustrated. But through it all one constant remains—their love for the people they have been charged to teach and their devotion to the Supreme Being who has sent them. In these tales of battles won and lost, of exile and redemption, of despair and renewal, we learn not only by listening to what they have come to tell us, but by watching as they live lives that are both grounded in earthly reality and that soar upward to the heavens.
Fine also gives the example of Wiesel's own backward glance toward Sighet and its significance that he recounts in “The Last Return.” 7. Elie Wiesel, “Lot's Wife,” in Wise Men and Their Tales (New York: Schocken Books, 2005), 38. 8.
Author: Steven T. Katz
Publisher: Indiana University Press
“Illuminating . . . 24 academic essays covering Wiesel’s interpretations of the Bible, retellings of Talmudic stories . . . his post-Holocaust theology, and more.” —Publishers Weekly Nobel Peace Prize recipient Elie Wiesel, best known for his writings on the Holocaust, is also the accomplished author of novels, essays, tales, and plays as well as portraits of seminal figures in Jewish life and experience. In this volume, leading scholars in the fields of Biblical, Rabbinic, Hasidic, Holocaust, and literary studies offer fascinating and innovative analyses of Wiesel’s texts as well as enlightening commentaries on his considerable influence as a teacher and as a moral voice for human rights. By exploring the varied aspects of Wiesel’s multifaceted career—his texts on the Bible, the Talmud, and Hasidism as well as his literary works, his teaching, and his testimony—this thought-provoking volume adds depth to our understanding of the impact of this important man of letters and towering international figure. “This book reveals Elie Wiesel’s towering intellectual capacity, his deeply held spiritual belief system, and the depth of his emotional makeup.” —New York Journal of Books “Close, scholarly readings of a master storyteller’s fiction, memoirs and essays suggest his uncommon breadth and depth . . . Criticism that enhances the appreciation of readers well-versed in the author’s work.” —Kirkus Reviews “Navigating deftly among Wiesel’s varied scholarly and literary works, the authors view his writings from religious, social, political, and literary perspectives in highly accessible prose that will well serve a broad and diverse readership.” —S. Lillian Kremer author of Women’s Holocaust Writing: Memory and Imagination
For me, war was a beast which killed men by snatching their faces. ... “Nadab and Abihu: A Story of Fire and Silence,” one of the essays in Wiesel's recent collection Wise Men and Their Tales, he 188 Elie Wiesel and the Art of Storytelling.
Author: Rosemary Horowitz
Category: Literary Criticism
Elie Wiesel is a master storyteller with the ability to use storytelling as a form of activism. From his landmark memoir Night to his novels and numerous retellings of Hasidic legends, Wiesel's literature emphasizes storytelling, and he frequently refers to himself as a storyteller rather than an author or historian. In this work, essays examine Wiesel's roots in Jewish storytelling traditions; influences from religious, folk, and secular sources; education; Yiddish background; Holocaust experience; and writing style. Emphasized throughout is Wiesel's use of multiple sources in an effort to reach diverse audiences.
Wise. Men. Got. to. Gotham. The Fools of Chelm Take Manhattan “A man journeyed to Chelm,” Woody Allen says in the opening words of his “Hassidic Tales, with a Guide to Their Interpretation by the Noted Scholar,” published in the New ...
Author: Ruth von Bernuth
Publisher: NYU Press
Category: Literary Criticism
How the Wise Men Got to Chelm is the first in-depth study of Chelm literature and its relationship to its literary precursors. When God created the world, so it is said, he sent out an angel with a bag of foolish souls with instructions to distribute them equally all over the world—one fool per town. But the angel’s bag broke and all the souls spilled out onto the same spot. They built a settlement where they landed: the town is known as Chelm. The collected tales of these fools, or “wise men,” of Chelm constitute the best-known folktale tradition of the Jews of eastern Europe. This tradition includes a sprawling repertoire of stories about the alleged intellectual limitations of the members of this old and important Jewish community. Chelm did not make its debut in the role of the foolish shtetl par excellence until late in the nineteenth century. Since then, however, the town has led a double life—as a real city in eastern Poland and as an imaginary place onto which questions of Jewish identity, community, and history have been projected. By placing literary Chelm and its “foolish” antecedents in a broader historical context, it shows how they have functioned for over three hundred years as models of society, somewhere between utopia and dystopia. These imaginary foolish towns have enabled writers both to entertain and highlight a variety of societal problems, a function that literary Chelm continues to fulfill in Jewish literature to this day.
Author: Claire Munro MorrisonPublish On: 2003-02-01
Cinjah liked to sit under the portico in the late evening shadows and listen to the workmen and their tales of faraway places. But most of all he liked to crouch unobserved beneath an open window, listening to Father Benniu and Master ...
Author: Claire Munro Morrison
Cinjah is a homeless waif, with no memory of mother or father, or knowledge if he were born slave or freeman, is a servant in the home of Rigel. Lives are forever changed when the extraordinary Light in the heavens is confirmed as His Sign. Rigel, The Most Honored Wise One, and his father, The Truth Seeker, face enormous challenges as they begin preparations for their religious pilgrimage: they must evade political intrigue and deal with treachery and murder. Young Cinjah’s insatiable curiosity, quick wit and sharp tongue interject humor into the otherwise solemn events. The Magi are bound to the Nativity for all time, yet their story is much more than the scant words allotted in the Biblical account. Tradition portrays the Magi as Kings, but in reality these men were trustees of the great secrets and knowledge of their world and held positions as Justices, Ambassadors, Governors, and Priests. Yes, they also were Astrologers, studying the heavens. CINJAH AND THE WISE MEN: THE JOURNEY is a story suitable for the entire family and offers a remarkable perspective of our mysterious and indefinable Wise Men. The majestic arrival of the Magi’s cortege, accompanied by Prince Farrah and his Royal Guard, is indeed cause for King Herod to tremble and all of Jerusalem with him. The historic journey of the Wise Men acknowledges the human condition, the promise, and the sustaining faith that catapulted them into history.
said I. “And how shall I find these wise men?” His gaze turned solemn. “The tale shall unfold as you find it. The Three you shall find if it is your wish to do so. Only doubt will keep you from them.” Doubt?
Author: John DeVito
The battle between good and evil began long ago. Before the birth of humanity, God and Satan fought for the domination of heaven. And, as everyone knows, God was triumphant over Satan’s evil. The tale has been told for thousands of years. But it’s all a lie. A manuscript has been discovered, written over a century ago by a priest who was visited by the Devil himself. A priest who left the church to seek out Three Mad Prophets and learn the truth. An Amazon.com bestseller, The Devil's Apocrypha is a tale that begins in another universe, before creation, and ends with a chilling prophesy. Here is the truth about the origin of God, his journey to our universe, and the battle for heaven. Discover why God manipulated the flesh of our race, the reason for his commandments…and why one being dared to try and stop him. This is the true story of Satan and God…and it’s unlike anything you’ve been told. "A terrifying blend of science, religion and philosophy!"—OccultForums.com, R.I. Davis "Dark and terrifying...the next Omen!"—Daniel Farrands, screenwriter, producer, director
SEVEN SLEEPERS 379 SEVEN WISE MEN OF GREECE I will keep guard . ... “ Know thyself : " Tvoll geavtòv had all told their tales , the prince related , ( B.C. 638–558 ) . under the disguise of a tale , the story of THĀLES ( 2 syl . ) .
Author: Sussex Archaeological SocietyPublish On: 1853
It would seem that it was at Pevensey that Borde wrote the “ Merry Tales of the Wise Men of Gotham , ” though this is a disputed point . Mr. Halliwell , in his edition of the brochure , * appropriates these antique jests to the ...