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By Beatrice Weinreich

Full of princesses and witches, dybbuks and wonder-working rebbes, the 2 hundred really good stories that make up this pleasant compendium have been accumulated throughout the Twenties and Thirties by means of ethnographers within the small cities and villages of jap Europe. accumulated from humans of all walks of lifestyles, they contain parables and allegories approximately lifestyles, success, and knowledge; stories of magic and beauty; tales approximately rebbes and their disciples; and stories whose purely goal is to entertain. lengthy after the tradition that produced them has disappeared, those captivating Yiddish folktales proceed to paintings their magic today.

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