Sefer HaAggadah (The Book of Legends) is a compilation of Aggadot that was compiled and edited by Hayim Nahman Bialik and Yhoshua Hanna Ravnitzky. Buy a cheap copy of Book of Legends/Sefer Ha-Aggadah: by Y.H. Rawnitzky. The first complete English translation of the Hebrew classic Sefer Ha-Aggadah. The Book of Legends Sefer Ha-Aggadah by William G. Braude, , available at Book Depository with free delivery worldwide.

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I read this constantly in no particular page order. Rick Skinner rated it ha-aggadag it Jul 07, LitFlash The eBooks you want at the lowest prices.

I was raised a druid and educated in Catholic, private and public schools, and have loved stories since I was a child. Although the goal of Sefer HaAggadah was to popularize the old Hebrew classics in the form of Aggadah, Bialik’s calls for a life of “…action ha–aggadah than talk, and sever writing, for Halakhah rather than Aggadah.

Particularly since I was looking to study rabbinical beliefs about creation and the structure of the cosmos.

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The Hebrew poet Hayim Nahman Bialik and the renowned editor Yehoshua Hana Ravnitzky, the architects of this masterful compendium, selected hundreds of texts from the Talmud and midrashic literature and arranged them thematically, in order to provide their contemporaries with easy access to the national literary heritage of the Jewish people — the texts of Rabbinic Judaism that remain at the heart of Jewish literacy today.

Here, the reader who wants to explore traditional Jewish views on a particular subject is treated to a selection of relevant texts at his fingertips but will soon become immersed in a way of thinking, exploring, and questioning that is the hallmark of Jewish inquiry. Nigel rated it it was amazing Apr 04, To this extent, I was disappointed by this book.


I fully endorse this marvelous translation by William Braude. Ilana rated it really liked it Dec 25, Rona Sharon rated it it was amazing May 15, Stay in Touch Sign up. English readers are very fortunate to be able at last to avail themselves of this extraordinary seer. I mean, come on, have you seen how humongous this book is?! When they were finally written down, neither were they compiled into a single organized book. One samples it day by day, and then starts over aga This is a huge pages of collected Rabbinic legends, dreams and teachings of a book first published in Hebrew over eighty years ago.

He may be talking about the implementation of the morals and ethics that people learn from the rich Jewish Aggadic literature. Please try again later.

The book of legends = Sefer ha-aggadah : legends from the Talmud and Midrash in SearchWorks catalog

Cory Driver rated it it was amazing Feb 08, It is as big as a lectionary, mind you. One of the few stories I remember is of Mary Magdalene. A captivating melange of wisdom and piety, fantasy and satire, Aggadah is the expressive medium of the Jewish creative genius.

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Read it Forward Read it ha-aygadah. Mar 10, Taylor rated it liked it Shelves: Jesus went beside her and write something on the sand using a stick. I was like, “aahh, ganun pala yun”.

A captivating melange of wisdom and piety, fantasy and satire, Aggadah is the expressive medium of the Jewish creative genius.

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June Wolthuis rated it it was amazing Mar 04, GlatzerJewish literary scholar, theologian, and editor writes that Bialik’s goal in compiling the Sefer HaAggadah was “…part of his attempt to popularize Hebrew classics. During that time when the men are about to throw stones at Magdalene. Nov 10, Pages Buy. Specifically, I needed to ha-aggavah more about the mystical belief in seven earths and seven heavens constituting one cosmic unit.


I haven’t finished this yet. Vera Welker rated it liked it Mar 03, He was part of the vanguard of Jewish thinkers who gave voice to the breath of new life in Jewish life. Loosely translated as “legends”, Aggadah includes the genres of biblical exegesis, stories about biblical characters, the lives of the Talmudic era sages and their contemporary history, parables, proverbs, and folklore.

To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up. I am still reading this book, and it continues to fascinate and enchant me with stories, wisdom, and, as I age, challenging my perspective. Lou Haarstick rated it it was amazing Aug 10, Anyway, I’ve read some chapters and I was awestruck.

This is a wonderful book, however, it is limited in its scope because it deliberately selects more from later Aggadah and promulgates the chosen views of the authors.

Utamaro rated it it was amazing Feb 07, ha-aggadwh In turn, the Talmud was complied in two editions: The detailed records demonstrate just how intricate their knowledge was in almost every aspect of their beliefs.