examples: רָחֵל the clever, rabbi judah loew ben bezalel and the גולם, the fairy princess of ergetz
allusions and references to biblical, talmudic, haggadic, and medieval themes, figures, and ideas are commonplace in these stories…yet the stories represent not only continuity but discontinuity in tradition…the dispersion of the jews among the nations through forced exile and natural migration has steadily expanded the themes and forms…this reciprocal process [of transmission] occurred intensely among the jews and is a distinguishing characteristic of jewish folklore…the experience of exile - living as an ethnic minority among other peoples - has had a major part in shaping jewish narrative traditions…the creative nature of storytelling notwithstanding, the tales in these volumes have a summative quality. they conclude an era in jewish culture, representing traditions of communities that are no longer. their narrators are immigrants or survivors of war, shaped by…catastrophic consequences and dramatic renewal of jewish life…common themes recur. the themes are forged by similar social experiences and recurrent references to canonic traditions, rituals, religious beliefs and observations, social organization, and systems of value, ideas, and practices. [jewish fairy tales] become literary, historical, and ethnic manifestations that, their diversity and conflicting trends notwithstanding, share a core literary tradition that make jewish societies not just imagined communities, but a community of shared imagination.
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