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    Title: שבחי רבי שמואל ורבי יהודה חסיד ראשיתה של ספרות השבחים ביהדות אשכנז
    ISBN: 9789657776094
    Language: Hebrew
    Pages: 1 Online-Ressource
    Year of publication: 2020
    Keywords: Yiddish ; Jewish Studies ; Hassidism ; Jewish History
    Abstract: This book focuses on a cycle of some thirty “praise” stories (Shvachim) whose heroes are Rabbi Shmuel the Pious and his son, the famous Rabbi Judah the Pious (died 1217; author of Sefer Hasidim) - the two main figures of the medieval mystical circle known as Hasidut Ashkenaz. The narrative cycle in praise of these luminaries portrays them as extremely virtuous, as mystics with supernatural knowledge, and as masters of magical practices (ba'alay shem). Originating orally in Yiddish, these stories were first written down in Hebrew, the sacred language, and then translated “back” into Yiddish - the more widely understood language of the Ashkenazic community.The book presents all versions of these “praise” narratives, extant in manuscripts and print, both in Hebrew and Yiddish, side by side. A thorough introduction traces the growth of this narrative treasure from its embryonic oral beginnings to its fully developed bilingual written manifestations. A detailed analysis of individual stories sheds light on the cultural mentality of medieval Jewry in general and of Ashkenazic Jewry in particular
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