WISE AND NOT SO WISE: Ten Tales From the Rabbis by Phillis GershatorWISE AND NOT SO WISE: Ten Tales From the Rabbis by Phillis Gershator

WISE AND NOT SO WISE: Ten Tales From the Rabbis

byPhillis GershatorIllustratorAlexa Ginsburg

Paperback | June 1, 2009

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Talmudic and midrashic folklore use the teachings of the ancient sages to answer questions and teach moral lessons, often with a dash of humor. In this delightful collection of stories, Phillis Gershator takes these spiritual and folkloric elements and weaves them together with her own unique humor and wisdom to create a very special version of the wondrous tales that have captivated readers for centuries. Gershator, inspired by hearing talmudic and midrashic tales from her late father-in-law (a rabbi), has assembled ten of her favorites in this volume. Stories of flying rabbis, miraculous loaves of bread, wise women, muscle-bound angels, and goats that carry bears on their heads will enchant children of all ages and those who read to them. From "Making It Rain," about a husband and wife who helped bring rain to a parched land, to "The Observant Cow," a religious cow who manages to convert a nonbeliever into an observant Jew, each story contains lessons, truths, jokes, surprises, and happy endings. Author's notes help readers understand the subtle meaning of each story.

Title:WISE AND NOT SO WISE: Ten Tales From the RabbisFormat:PaperbackDimensions:120 pages, 10 × 7.03 × 0.24 inPublished:June 1, 2009Publisher:The Jewish Publication SocietyLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0827608934

ISBN - 13:9780827608931


Editorial Reviews

"An appealing collection . . . written in simple yet effective language that preserves their richness and charm without becoming didactic."—School Library Journal