The Jewish Spirit by Ellen Frankel - 1997 First Edition - Judaica, Jewish History, Jewish Jewish Arts Crafts, Hasidic Tales, Sephardic Tales


Gorgeous 1997 first edition of The Jewish Spirit: A Celebration In Stories & Art edited by Ellen Frankel.

Various authors and artists. Edited by Ellen Frankel. 1997 first edition. A Fair Street/Welcome Book. Stewart, Tabori & Chang, New York, publishers.

- Hasidic Tale, retold by Ellen Frankel

"When Hayyim of Zanz was a young man, he set about trying to reform his country from its evil ways. But when he reached the age of thirty, he looked around and saw that evil remained in the world. So he said, "Perhaps I was too ambitious. I will begin with my province." But at the age of forty, his province too remained mired in evil. So he said, "I was still too ambitious. From now on I will only try to lift up my community." But at fifty he saw that his community had still not changed. So he decided only to reform his own family. But when he looked around, he saw that his family had grown and moved away, and now he remained alone.

"Now I understand that I needed to begin with myself."

"So he spent the rest of his life perfecting his own soul."


"The Jewish Spirit includes ancient stories - oral and written - as well as more contemporary literary narratives by such well-known writers as Grace Paley, Bernard Malamud, Sholom Aleichem, Martin Buber, Leslie Epstien, I. B. Singer, Franz Kafka, and Francine Prose. Selections ranging from traditional Midrash, Hasidic tales, and Sephardic folklore to stores from Morocco, Egypt, Eastern Europe, and North America reveal the unique heritage and customs of the jewish community. ...

Illustrating this vast and remarkable anthology is a dazzling array of art relating to the Jewish experience by Marc Chagall, Ben Shahn, Malcah Zelidis, Harry Liebermann, Reuven Ruben, Raphael Soyer, Max Weber, Louise Nevelson and many others."


Coming of Age
In the Heart of Wisdom
The End of Days

Ellen Frankel (1951 -) was long-time Editor-in-Chief of the Jewish Publication Society (JPS). She's written or edited many articles and books on Jewish life and history, and currently writes musical libretti.
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Condition*: Near Fine/Very Good. Book appears to have spent its life as a coffee table book, so there are no obvious signs of shelfwear or use. However, the dust jacket has very slight ruffling on the top edge. Pages are clean, undamaged, and complete.

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