Sunday, April 21, 2013

Jewish Folk Tales vs. Eurpean Folk/Fairy Tales

Up until now, the focus has primarily centered around European fairy tales.  Most of those tales are centered around wronged children, innocently curious wives, and evil witches/step-mothers.  Jewish folk tales, on the other hand, are centered around Rabbis, magical objects, and antisemitism.  That isn't to say that there aren't similarities between the two.  The magical objects, in particular, are similar.  For example, the ring in The Rabbi Who Became a Werewolf and the mirror in The Magic Mirror of Rabbi Adam.

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