"Uri Kaplan has assembled a remarkable collection of stories whose charm lures the reader into wisdom that springs like a trap. Koans for the unsuspecting, these stories offer an enlightenment measured in quiet smiles and wistful moments of realization. Showing very clearly that the clothing of truth is the fable, the tale, and the parable, this book is an enchantment that hones the necessary art of listening."
Wise Tales From the Jewish World: The Essential Collection
Uri Kaplan, author
This book contains fifty-five of the most enlightening and amusing fables the Jewish tradition has to offer. It includes ancient stories taken from the Talmud and the Midrash, as well as more recent tales borrowed from the charismatic rabbis of the Hassidic Movement. Reading these tales will not only teach you about Judaism but will also inspire you to ponder life and death, and anything in between. If you take them seriously, these stories may make a real impact on the way you view your life.
David Morgan, Duke University Professor of Religious Studies