The Legend of Safed: Life and Fantasy in the City of Kabbalah

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Price
$39.59
Publisher
Wayne State University Press
Publish Date
Pages
264
Dimensions
6.0 X 9.0 X 0.64 inches | 0.9 pounds
Language
English
Type
Paperback
EAN/UPC
9780814346846

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About the Author

Eli Yassif is professor emeritus of Hebrew literature and Jewish folklore at Tel-Aviv University. He is the author of many books and scholarly articles in the field of the Hebrew story in the Middle Ages and the history of Jewish folklore. His book The Hebrew Folktale: History, Genre, Meaning won the National Jewish Book Award in 2000 and became the standard textbook for the study of Jewish folk-narratives.

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Safed is known to be an intriguing town--heightened spirituality mingled with hectic economic activity. But in his meticulous research, Yassif leads us to see another angle of the town's history--one where worries, envy, despair, and other negative feelings live alongside hope for a utopia--all of which are cloaked in literature and transformed into vivid legends.

--Ronit Meroz "Tel-Aviv University"

In this fascinating book Yassif paints a broad canvas of the inner lives of the heroes of Safed in its glorious days. Dreams of grandeur and tears of despair, spiritual visions and corporal ailments, messianic ambitions and mundane defeats are entwined in The Legend of Safed as they were in the souls and lives of its protagonists.

--Yuval Harari "Ben Gurion University of the Negev"