The Book of Legends/Sefer Ha-Aggadah: Legends from the by Hayyim Nahman Bialik, Yehoshua Hana Ravnitzky, William G.

By Hayyim Nahman Bialik, Yehoshua Hana Ravnitzky, William G. Braude, David Stern

The 1st entire English translation of the Hebrew vintage Sefer Ha-Aggadah brings to the English-speaking international the best and best-loved anthology of classical Rabbinic literature ever compiled. First released in Odessa in 1908-11, it was once famous instantly as a masterwork in its personal correct, and reprinted various instances in Israel.

The Hebrew poet Hayim Nahman Bialik and the popular editor Yehoshua Hana Ravnitzky, the architects of this masterful compendium, chosen 1000s of texts from the Talmud and midrashic literature and organized them thematically, which will offer their contemporaries with quick access to the nationwide literary history of the Jewish humans -- the texts of Rabbinic Judaism that stay on the middle of Jewish literacy today.

Bialik and Ravnitzky selected Aggadah -- the non-legal parts of the Talmud and Midrash -- for his or her anthology. Loosely translated as "legends", Aggadah comprises the genres of biblical exegesis, tales approximately biblical characters, the lives of the Talmudic period sages and their modern background, parables, proverbs, and folklore. an enthralling melange of knowledge and piety, myth and satire, Aggadah is the expressive medium of the Jewish artistic genius.

The association of this compendium displays the theological issues of the Rabbinic sages: the position of Israel and the international locations; God, stable and evil; human kin; the area of nature; and the artwork of therapeutic. right here, the reader who desires to discover conventional Jewish perspectives on a specific topic is taken care of to a range of correct texts at his fingertips yet will quickly turn into immersed in a manner of considering, exploring, and wondering that's the hallmark of Jewish inquiry.

"Whatever the mind's eye can invent is located within the Aggadah," wrote the historian Leopold Zunz, "its goal consistently being to educate guy the methods of God." The publication of Legends/Sefer Ha-Aggadah, now on hand in william Braude’s fantastically annotated translation, allows sleek Jews to event firsthand the richness and pleasure in their cultural inheritance.

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By a play on words, afar ("dust") is connected with ofer ("a youth," "a strong man"). 13· Gen. R. 14:7. 15 to this, Scripture says, "Thine eyes did see my golem" (Ps. 139: 16). 14 "This is the book of the generations of Adam" (Gen. 5: 1). R. Judah bar Simon said: While the first man lay prone as a golem before Him who spoke and the world came into being, He caused to pass before him each gen­ eration with its expounders of Scripture, each generation with its sages, each generation with its scribes, and each generation with its leaders, as is said, "0 [Adam), when thou wast still a golem, thine eyes did see all [the worthies whose names were] inscribed in thy book" (Ps.

The meaning of the word is doubtful. It would appear to mean a clepsydra, a contrivance for measuring time by the flow of water. The bollom was perforated with such small holes that if the upper ap­ ertures were completely closed, the water would not flow out from the boltom" (H. Freedman in Gen. , Soncino, p. 28, n. 6). 7· Gen. R. 4:4. 8· "It was good" may be said only of a work that has been completed. " He replied, "But in fact, Scripture subsequently does include all the days in the words 'And God saw everything that He had made, and behold, it was very good' " (Gen.

10· The three are not, accordingly, to be regarded as eternal, uncreated matter, which formed God's raw material, as it were. 1 1· The commentator perhaps finds this intimated in the words "and darkness [appeared] on the face of the deep" (Gen. 1 :2)-on the watery deep, that is. 12· All six are mentioned in Ps. 104. So Yede Mos�, ad loc. 13· So emended by Yefeh Toar on Exod. R. 15:22. 14· He first made the heavens. Such is the view of the school of Shammai. See above in this chapter, §13. 15· Under this roof.

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