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Tales of the Chutzper Rebbe. A Selection from the Acidic Anthology.

Rothschild, Walter, 1954-

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ISBN 10: 1881283127 / ISBN 13: 9781881283126
Verlag: Illustrated by Paul Palnik. Los Angeles: Alef Design Group, 1997, 1997
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, 72pp., very good dust-jacket, very good red cloth, previous owner's name and address label on front endpaper Short humorous stories with line drawings. Rothschild was born and studied in England, he comes from a German-Jewish family, and has served as Rabbi in many German cities as well as in Vienna. Currently living in Berlin. ISBN 1881283127. Buchnummer des Verkäufers 40465

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Titel: Tales of the Chutzper Rebbe. A Selection ...

Verlag: Illustrated by Paul Palnik. Los Angeles: Alef Design Group, 1997

Erscheinungsdatum: 1997

Einband: Hardcover

Zustand des Schutzumschlags: Dust Jacket Included

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This delightful collection parodies the beloved Chasidic (or, in the author's retelling, 'Acidic') tales passed down by generations of Jews. Rabbi Walter Rothschild has 'discovered' the Chutzper dynasty of Chasidim in a forgotten corner of Eastern Europe, where they have lived in virtual isolation to this day. Simple, literal and to the point, the Chutzper Chasidim blunder their way through life, but they never lose sight of their devotion to God and Judaism.

Rothschild's Acidic tales closely mimic traditional Chasidic stories, often ending with a moral message. More often than not, however, the Chutzper Rebbe's aphorism is a humorous one. But, to paraphrase the Chutzper Rebbe, all learning is to be found here, including pointless learning.

Some of the unusual characters featured in TALES OF THE CHUTZPER REBBE include a rabbi so pious that he refuses to work on the Sabbath, a good-hearted prostitute whose devotion to her yeshiva student customers prevents her from 'taking a Czech on Shabbas,' an inveterate liar who uses the Jewish calendar to trick the Tsar out of income tax, and an enterprising baker who sends a sack of flour in his place so a minyan can be counted. From these tales, readers learn the little-known origins of Manischewitz, the secret of good pickled herring, and why the tuna is a holy fish.

With its Borscht Belt humor and clever wordplay, TALES OF THE CHUTZPER REBBE will have a wide appeal, especially to all who know enough Chasidic stories and their background to be able to appreciate and enjoy the cleverness of the parodies. A full glossary defines all Hebrew and Yiddish terms to help those less versed in the tradition.

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About the Author:

Rabbi Walter Rothschild is a world expert in the history of transportation in the Middle East and is the editor and publisher of Harakevet, the only magazine on the subject. He holds a Masters of Arts degree in Theology as well as a Certificate in Education from Cambridge University. Rabbi Rothschild lives in Leeds, England with his wife, Jacqueline Corine, and children, Nechama, Jacob and Bracha.

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