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Raphael Patai Series in Jewish Folklore and Anthropology

Series Editor: Dan Ben-Amos, University of Pennsylvania
The Raphael Patai Series in Jewish Folklore and Anthropology publishes books illuminating the diverse and culturally rich Jewish heritage. The series is named in honor of the many contributions of its founder and original editor, Raphael Patai.


King Solomon and the Golden Fish

Tales from the Sephardic Tradition

Texts Collected and Edited by Matilda Koén-Sarano
Translated and Annotated by Reginetta Haboucha
Preamble by Yoel Shalom Perez

A collection of fifty-four Judeo-Spanish folktales taken from the rich heritage of Sephardic oral storytelling and translated into English for the first time.

Published: August 2004
ISBN: 9780814331668
Published: August 2004
ISBN: 9780814341872

Staging and Stagers in Modern Jewish Palestine

The Creation of Festive Lore in a New Culture, 1882-1948

By Yaacov Shavit and Shoshana Sitton
Translated by Chaya Naor

By analyzing key aspects of Hebrew culture, this book adds new dimension to the anthropological, sociological, and historical studies dealing with folklore, rituals, and festivals.

Published: August 2004
ISBN: 9780814328453
Published: August 2004
ISBN: 9780814341889

Defining the Yiddish Nation

The Jewish Folklorists of Poland

Itzik Nakhmen Gottesman

An examination of the history of Yiddish folklore from Poland between the two world wars.

Published: November 2003
ISBN: 9780814326695

Spirit Possession in Judaism

Cases and Contexts from the Middle Ages to the Present

Edited by Matt Goldish
With a foreword by Erika Bourguignon and an introduction by Joseph Dan

A rich, multidisciplinary exploration of spirit possession among Jews.

Published: January 2003
ISBN: 9780814330036

Our Lives Are But Stories

Narratives of Tunisian-Israeli Women

Esther Schely-Newman

A rich analysis of how four Tunisian-Israeli women tell the stories of their lives, and a look at the implications for our own understanding of stories and the behavior of communication.

Published: August 2002
ISBN: 9780814328767

Next Year I Will Know More

Literacy and Identity among Young Orthodox Women in Israel

By Tamar El-Or
Translated by Haim Watzman

An investigation into the education of women in the religious Zionist community and its influence on Orthodox Judaism.

Published: May 2002
ISBN: 9780814327722
Published: May 2002
ISBN: 9780814337783

A Global Community

The Jews from Aleppo, Syria

Walter P. Zenner

An interpretation of the historical experience of the Jewish community in Syria and in the other places to which Aleppan Jewry have immigrated.

Published: May 2000
ISBN: 9780814327913

Profiles of a Lost World

Memoirs of East European Jewish Life before World War II

Hirsz Abramowicz
Translated by Eva Zeitlin Dobkin
Edited by Dina Abramowicz and Jeffrey Shandler
Introductions by David E. Fishman and Dina Abramowicz

Profiles of a Lost World is a source of information about Eastern Europe before World War II.

Published: April 1999
ISBN: 9780814327845

Arab Folktales from Palestine and Israel

Introduction, Translation, and Annotation by Raphael Patai

Arab Folktales from Palestine and Israel is a collection of twenty-eight tales with insight into the Arab culture by Raphael Patai.

Published: May 1998
ISBN: 9780814327104

Jewish Musical Traditions

Amnon Shiloah

This is the first English-language volume to consider oral music of Jewish communities in a sociocultural context.

Published: May 1995
ISBN: 9780814322352

The Jews of Kurdistan

By Erich Brauer
Completed and Edited by Raphael Patai

The Jews of Kurdistan is a unique historical document in that it presents a picture of Kurdish Jewish life and culture prior to World War II.

Published: August 1993
ISBN: 9780814323922

The Hebrew Goddess

Raphael Patai
Foreword by William G. Dever

A revised edition containing new chapters on the Shekhina.

Published: September 1990
ISBN: 9780814322710
Published: September 1990
ISBN: 9780814338216