Document Type

Review

Date of this Version

2000

Publication Source

Jewish Folklore and Ethnology Review

Volume

20

Issue

1-2

Start Page

180

Last Page

180

Abstract

Hagiography and history tell their stories at cross-purposes. While hagiography glorifies, even sanctifies its heroes, history strips them of their traditional greatness, seeking to bare the factual truth to which documents and testimonies attest. Nowhere is this contrast more evident than in the history and study of Hasidism. Legends (shevahim) are the building blocks of the Hasidic tradition, in which the rabbi is a leader, a miracle worker and a storyteller. He is the narrating subject, who, in turn, becomes the object of stories subsequent generations tell.

Copyright/Permission Statement

Originally published in Jewish Folklore and Ethnology Review © 2000 American Folklore Society.

Comments

The publication in which this item appeared has since ceased.

 

Date Posted: 22 September 2017