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JEWISH FAIRY TALES AND LEGENDS

[Illustration: "Where is the door?" (Page 21)]

JEWISH FAIRY TALES AND LEGENDS

by

"Aunt Naomi" (GERTRUDE LANDA)

When Childhood's toys have passed away, May Books become another play. Then may each book a blessing give And bring you pleasure while you live.

Ruth Landa.

Sixteenth Thousand

New York Bloch Publishing Co., Inc. " The Jewish Book Concern " 1943

Copyright, 1919, Bloch Publishing Company.

PREFACE

The very cordial welcome given to my earlier volume of "Jewish Fairy Tales and Fables" has prompted me to draw further upon Rabbinic lore in the interest, chiefly, of the children. How the wise Rabbis of old took into account the necessities of the little ones, whose minds they understood so perfectly, is obvious from such legends as those dealing with boyish exploits of the great Biblical characters, Abraham, Moses, and David. These I have rewritten from the stories in the Talmud and Midrash in a manner suitable for the children of to day.

I have ventured also beyond the confines of these two wonderful compilations. There is a wealth of delightful imagination in the legends and folk lore of the Jews of a later period which is almost entirely unknown to children. I have drawn also on these sources for some of the stories here presented. My desire is to give boys and girls something Jewish which they may be able to regard as companion delights to the treasury of general fairy lore and childish romance.

AUNT NAOMI. LONDON, March, 1919 .

CONTENTS

THE PALACE OF THE EAGLES 15

THE GIANT OF THE FLOOD 27

THE FAIRY PRINCESS OF ERGETZ 35

THE HIGGLEDY PIGGLEDY PALACE 67

THE RED SLIPPER 77

THE STAR CHILD 87

ABI FRESSAH'S FEAST 99

THE BEGGAR KING 113

THE QUARREL OF THE CAT AND DOG 119

THE WATER BABE 127

SINBAD OF THE TALMUD 133

THE OUTCAST PRINCE 151

THE STORY OF BOSTANAI 163

FROM SHEPHERD BOY TO KING 173

THE MAGIC PALACE 179

THE SLEEP OF ONE HUNDRED YEARS 187

KING FOR THREE DAYS 195

THE PALACE IN THE CLOUDS 203

THE POPE'S GAME OF CHESS 213

THE SLAVE'S FORTUNE 225

THE PARADISE IN THE SEA 235

THE RABBI'S BOGEY MAN 243

THE FAIRY FROG 251

THE PRINCESS OF THE TOWER 259

KING ALEXANDER'S ADVENTURES 277 a. THE VISION OF VICTORY 277 b. THE LAND OF DARKNESS 282 c. THE WONDERS OF THE WORLD 288

ILLUSTRATIONS

PAGE

"Where is the door?" Frontispiece

Og, riding gaily on the unicorn behind the Ark, was quite happy 26

A strange crowd of demons of all shapes and sizes poured into the synagogue with threatening gestures 36

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