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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
VINE VOICEon 9 January 2006
Yaffa Eliach spent years interviewing witnesses and putting together this amazing collection of Hassidic tales. Each one brings some light out of that phenonmenal darkness. Anyone with a problem that needs solving would do well to read these marvellous stories. They will put your issues in perspective and maybe even provide a clue or two as to how to deal with them. For me this would be a candidate for a 'desert island book'.
The stories are worth taking slowly, maybe one a day, to digest the wonderful wisdom, faith and compassion shining out of every page. Watch out for the story of the Polish priest. Quite a nice shock when you find out who he is. And the Rabbi who must jump a pit to save his life, to avoid entering 'the world of truth' just a bit too early. In fact all of them, they all have something memorable to say.
Wonderful and apparently true stories. Life enriching. Well worth your time, effort and five stars.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
While I am a Christian I have always found rge Hasidic Tales an inspiration. Now to find this book with brings the Hasidic Tales to the Holocaust has meant that this has been one of the most important books I have ever read. At times I have been moved to tears at how fellow humans can treat each other. Also at times excited at how the human spirit always shows through.

Well written - packed with unforgetable stories.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 14 February 1999
As a folklorist, I make my living studying the way people tell stories and cope with life through creativity. Eliach has gathered a superb collection of stories that will alternately amaze you, break your heart, and leave you with a deep admiration for the tenacity of the human spirit.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 29 December 1998
Amazing tales. Some seem to border on fable, while others are far too real. An excellent resource for translating overwhelming numbers into simple, intimate, human tragedies.
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on 14 October 1997
Overall interesting reading.
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