Jewish Values: Joha Makes a Wish: A Middle Eastern Tale

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Publication Year: 
2012
Number of Pages: 
40 p.
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A folktale from Yemen called “The Answered Prayer,” from a collection of Yemenite tales of the same title by Sharlya Gold and Mishael Maswari Caspi (JPS, 2004) is one of the kernels from which this hybrid grows. Onto it have been grafted traditions about the Middle Eastern/Sephardic folk character, Joha, and an Iraqi setting. None of “The Answered Prayer’s” Jewish roots are preserved and in place of the bittersweet tone of the original, which shows the oppressed Jews of Yemen using their faith in God to survive in a hostile land, is the humor implicit in a character who is part trickster and part schlemiel. To complement the fluid narrative, amusingly exaggerated watercolor illustrations dance across each page, adding more verve and a distinct Middle Eastern flavor to a well-told story.
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ISBN: 
978-0-7614-5599-8
Book ID: 
1505
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No
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