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ISBN: 0195062922
Author: Howard Schwartz
Language: English
Publisher: Oxford University Press; 1St Edition edition (August 19, 1993)
Pages: 432
Category: Humanities
Subcategory: Other
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Howard Schwartz has gathered the essential tales that reflect the very foundations of Jewish mystical thought.

It is impossible to come away from this book without absobring a good deal of Jewish mystical teaching about these subjects, especially since Schwartz's simple but poetic style helps bring the tales to contemporary life. Howard Schwartz has gathered the essential tales that reflect the very foundations of Jewish mystical thought.

Schwartz, Howard, 1945-. Legends, Jewish, Cabala, Mysticism, Hasidim, Tales, Jews, Mystiek, Joden, Kabbala, Chassidisme, Judaism Mysticism. New York : Oxford University Press. Books for People with Print Disabilities. Internet Archive Books. Uploaded by sf-loadersive. org on August 13, 2009.

414 pages, softcover. Gabriel's Palace: Jewish Mystical Tales (9780195093889) by Howard Schwartz. Books, eBooks & Audio. A vast bounty of tales recounting mystical experiences among the rabbis can be found in the Talmud, the Zohar, Jewish folktales, and Hasidic lore. Now, in Gabriel's Palace, scholar Howard Schwartz has collected the greatest of these stories, sacred and secular, in a marvelously readable anthology.

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Now, in Gabriel's Palace, scholar Howard Schwartz has collected the greatest of these stories, sacred and secular, in a marvelously readable anthology. Gabriel's Palace offers a treasury of 150 pithy and powerful tales, involving experiences of union with the divine, out-of-body travel, encounters with angels and demons, possession by spirits holy and pernicious, and more. Schwartz provides an informative introduction placing these remarkable tales firmly in the context of centuries of post-biblical Jewish tradition

Now, in Gabriel's Palace, scholar Howard Schwartz has collected the greatest of these stories, sacred and secular, in a. . Jewish Mystical Tales: In his informative introduction, Schwarts gives a compelling overview of history, psychology, and the symbolic meaning of allegorical Jewish tales recounting the mystical experience of key figures in those circles.

Schwartz has been nominated for the National Jewish Book Award six times and has won the award three times. Gabriel’s Palace: Jewish Mystical Tales (1993). Tree of Souls: The Mythology of Judaism (2008). The Diamond Tree: Jewish Tales from Around the World Nominee in category Children's Literature. Next Year in Jerusalem: 3000 Years of Jewish Stories Winner in category Children's Literature.

A vast bounty of tales recounting mystical experiences among the rabbis can be found in the Talmud, the Zohar, Jewish folktales, and Hasidic lore.

Jewish Mystical Tales. Retold by Howard Schwartz. Retold by Howard Schwartz, Professor of English, University of Missouri, St. Louis. It is impossible to come away from this book without absobring a good deal of Jewish mystical teaching about these subjects, especially since Schwartz's simple but poetic style helps bring the tales to contemporary life.

Howard Schwartz's children's books have won the Aesop Award of the American Folklore Society, the National Jewish Book Award, and the Storytelling World Award. He lives in St. Louis, Missouri. Kristina Swarner illustrates books and cards, and has paintings in numerous private collections.

A vast bounty of tales recounting mystical experiences among the rabbis can be found in the Talmud, the Zohar, Jewish folktales, and Hasidic lore. Now, in Gabriel's Palace, scholar Howard Schwartz has collected the greatest of these stories, sacred and secular, in a marvelously readable anthology. Gabriel's Palace offers a treasury of 150 pithy and powerful tales, involving experiences of union with the divine, out-of-body travel, encounters with angels and demons, possession by spirits holy and pernicious, and more. Schwartz provides an informative introduction placing these remarkable tales firmly in the context of centuries of post-biblical Jewish tradition. The bodyof the text present spellbinding tales from the Talmud, Zohar, the Hasidic masters, and an enormous range of other sources. Here are stories of Shimon bar Yohai, reputed to be the author of the Zohar; Isaac Luria, known as the Ari, who was the central figure among the Safed mystics of the 16th century; Israel ben Eliezer, known as Baal Shem Tov, who founded Hasidism; Elimelech of Lizensk, possessor of legendary mystical powers; and Nachman of Bratslav, the great storyteller whose wandering spirit is said to protect his followers to this day. Together, these tales paint a vivid picture of "a world of signs and symbols, where everything that took place had meaning, a world of mythic proportions....A world in which the spirits of the dead were no longer invisible, nor the angels," where the master and his disciples labor to repair the world so that the footsteps of the Messiah might be heard. Drawn from rabbinic, kabbalistic, folk, and Hasidic sources, these collected tales form a rich genre all their own. In Gabriel's Palace, the powerful tradition of Jewish mysticism comes to life in clear, contemporary English.

Comments:

Madis
This has gotten lots of quality press but for me, Martin Buber's work in this territory seems a little more for the sake of you-know-where.
Nkeiy
This is one of my favourite authors! He never lets me down.
Owomed
The Jewish religion contains a treasure trove of fairy tales and legends. Spanning all the way from biblical times all the way to present times. The midrash contains stories of the patriarchs, the Mishna ( Oral Torah) contains legends of rabbi Akiva and the Rashbi. The Talmud was redacted during the second temple period. Later on in Jewish history the author covers tales of the kabbalistc mystic like the Arizal. Next he jumps into chassidic tales and hen goes into some tales told in modern times.

All the stories contain miracle performed by rabbis or tzaddkim. By using different permutations of gods name they are able to summon angels and drive away demon, sometimes the rabbis can travel to heaven and back. The rabbis are much like medieval Magicians who could wield magic to curse or cure. The tales are filled with variety of mystical creatures much like a Grimm's fairy tale.

The book is filled with stories from each time period in Jewish History. The introduction gives a long and detailed explanation of these time periods along instruction on different mystical concepts. The end part contains detailed foot notes and explanations . I , myself learned several new things while reading this book. I did not know that Sandalphon was the Angels whom takes our prayer and weaves a crown for God . Tzadkiel takes the soul after death and prepares it for the world to come. Ash modal and Lilith are the regents of the demons realm. An ibbur is a heavenly soul that mixed with a person in order to tach them Torah

If stories are your thing or if furthering your knowledge of Judaism is what you are after then I strongly recommend you read this book.
Malodor
Harold Schwartz's collection of mystical tales Gabriel's Palace has a wide reach, culling stories from all over the Jewish world. But it also shows how conservative folk tales are. We can see a pattern in the stories told in this collection: things are not as they seem in the world. A divine mechanism is at work. And only when the main character makes a mistake is this revealed to him or her.

So, this collection has nothing new in terms of the form of folk stories. However the especially Jewish content is important, and should inform the reader. The abstruse cosmologies and theosophical speculation of the Jewish mystics are here simplified, and mixed with common folk wisdom. A particular emphasis is placed on gigul, or reincarnation, which is often resorted to in these stories as the ultimate riddle of the fate of the soul.

These stories tell the tales of mysticism for regular people. They focus on everyday concerns, even as they pay close attention to matters divine.
Tam
"A vast bounty of tales recounting mystical experiences among the rabbis can be found in the Talmud, the Zohar, Jewish folk tales, and Hasidic lore. ... , sacred and secular, in a marvelously readable anthology. Drawn from rabbinic, cabalistic, folk, and Hasidic sources, these collected tales form a rich genre all their own. In Gabriel's Palace, the powerful tradition of Jewish mysticism comes to life in clear, contemporary English."

Jewish Mystical Tales:
In his informative introduction, Schwarts gives a compelling overview of history, psychology, and the symbolic meaning of allegorical Jewish tales recounting the mystical experience of key figures in those circles. He starts with comparing them to tales about Zen and Sufi masters, and Christian Mystics, and delves in the next paragraph into Jewish mystical tales, starting with a famous tale of the sages who upon entering paradise, one lost his life, another his mind, the third his faith, a warning about the dangers of mystical contemplation. Like fairy tales, fables, and parables found in every phase of Jewish literature, and the teaching of Yeshua of Nazareth, which emanated revealing the Jewish hope of the coming of the Kingdom.
The author takes you in a tour of the mystical worlds which started with the early Kabbalists who developed mystical consciousness in Judaism. Moshe de Leon's Zohar became the central text of Jewish mysticism in the thirteenth century when Kabbalistic tradition was established. And, in spite of the numerous anecdotes about talmudic sage Rashbi, or Rabbi Shimon ben Yohai, who lived in the second century was not the author of Zohar, still his model together with Rabbi Issac Luria, Schwartz' favorite, with Baal Shem Tov, and those who follow their path are formed by tales drawn from their impressive legends.

Gabriel's Clusters of Mystics Tales:
The body of the text presents spell binding tales from the Talmud, Zohar, the Hasidic masters, and an enormous range of other sources. Starting with stories of Shimon bar Yohai, alleged author of the Zohar; Isaac Luria, known as the Ari, a central figure among the Safed mystics (16th century); Israel ben Eliezer, or Baal Shem Tov, who founded Hasidism; made famous by Martin Buber, Elimelech of Lizensk, the mystical powers; and Nachman of Bratslav, the avid storyteller with a wandering protective spirit. Drawn from rabbinic, kabbalistic, folk, and Hasidic sources. These tales paint a vivid virtual picture of "a world of signs and symbols," where everything taking place had internal meaning, of Philonic allegory, "A world in which the spirits of the dead were no longer invisible, nor the angels,..." where the labor to repair the world for the Jewish Messianic hope, in John the Baptist's own words, "The voice of one crying out in the wilderness: Prepare the way of the Lord."

Sacred Narratives:
Our descriptive language should be altered, writes John C. Reeves in the Society of Biblical Literature, "we should perhaps speak of 'biblically allied,' biblically affiliated,' or 'biblically related' literatures. As we enter the twenty-first century, biblical scholars are in the process of gauging the significance and assessing the implications of a vast treasure-hoard of primary texts which shed a penetrating light on the very centuries surrounding the emergence and production of what eventually becomes the canonical form of the Hebrew Bible. The evidence supplied from such diverse resources as the Cairo Geniza, the Nag Hammadi corpus, and the Dead Sea Scrolls has stimulated a number of intriguing questions regarding the possible relationships of one text or group of texts to another, both within and across religious boundaries. Is a proto-gnostic ideology visible at Qumran? Do the Scrolls attest Christian concepts in nascent form? Can one speak intelligibly of a Jewish Sufism in Fatimid Egypt? And just who copied, studied, and eventually deposited documents like the Qumran Damascus Covenant or the Aramaic Levi apocryphon in a medieval synagogal rubbish heap over one thousand years after the time period of their original composition?"

A Unique Narrator for a Treasury:
This vast treasury of Jewish folktales, recounting mystical experiences selected by Schwartz, a foremost Jewish anthologist has collected a vast treasury of clusters of sacred and secular fables, Rabbinic, Kabbalistic, Hasidic tales, and mythical folklore, in his mystical tour de force. Gabriel's Palace, a marvelously engaging anthology, presents amazing experiences involving encounters with angels and demons, out-of-body travel, possession by holy and demonic spirits, even of union with the divine, selected from the Talmud, the Zohar, and Hasidic lore. Howard Schwartz, the contemporary mystical troubadour, is Professor of English Literature at the University of Missouri, St. Louis, author of collections of Jewish folklore that include Elijah's Violin & Other Jewish Fairy Tales , Miriam's Tambourine: Jewish Folktales from Around the World, and Lilith's Cave: Jewish Tales of the Supernatural. He has also edited other modern Jewish anthologies. "We narrate unto thee the best of narratives" (Qur'an, sura 12:3).
Aloo
Howard Schwartz is an extremely prolific story teller, both for children and adults. Gabriel's Palace: Jewish Mystical Folktales is a very good collection of stories involving Jewish mysticism. Many of them are suspenseful and leave you thinking about the true meaning and implications. It is also interesting to compare some of the stories with non Jewish folk tales. I found a number of the stories somewhat dark, but not terrifying. It is interesting to try to determine what reality led to the initial establishment of such ledgends.
Munigrinn
Very interesting tales!

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