Jewish Values: Dybbuk: A Version

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64 p.
A passionately written and dramatically illustrated version of the classic Jewish tale of broken vows and supernatural possession, based on S. Y. Ansky's famous play. Konin and Leah are lovers who are forbidden to marry, thus violating the forgotten vow that their fathers made years ago. Driven to seek a solution in Kabbalah and then the darker powers, Konin dies and inhabits the mortal body of his beloved. A ghostly trial and an exorcism take place but the love between Konin and Leah will not be denied and they are united in death. Far more serious than the version of the story for younger children by Francine Prose and Mark Podwal, this conjures up elemental emotions in a mesmerizing blend of writing and art.
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