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Five volumes have been published to date. The first, pub-
lished in 1970, was dedicated to the Israeli folklorist Yosef Yoel
Rivlin, a pioneer in the study of older Jewish communities in
Palestine. T o mention just a few of the papers: “From Shaikh
to Mazkir: Structural Continuity and Organizational Change
in the Leadership of a T ripo litan ian Jewish Community” (Har-
vey Goldberg) ; “T he Particularity of the Number Seven and
the Origin of the Seven Days’ Week” (Otto Schnizler); “The
Evil Eye in Morocco” (Yedida Stillman) ; “One Thousand and
One Jewish Proverbs from Morocco” (I. Ben-Ami) ; “The Image
of the Jew in Polish Culture” (Olga Mulkiewicz-Goldberg);
“The Land of Israel in the Koran” (Zev V ilnay); and “About
the Mythical Quality of Folk Tales among Ethnic Groups in
Israel” (Zipora Kagan). Dan Ben-Amos’ article, “Jewish Humor
—The Concept from a New Viewpoint,” is of special interest.
A comprehensive bibliography of R ivlin’s writings, with special
attention to his works devoted to folklore, is also included in
this volume.
The second volume, published in 1971, focuses on Jewish
folkloristic activities in interbellum Poland, as exemplified by
the life and work of a single folklorist—Samuel (Shmuel) Zanvl
Pipe (1907-1943). T he ethno-social roots, the geographic-
historical background, and the ideological trends of Pipe’s
activities are examined by such scholars as Dov Sadan, Gershon
Givone-Pipe, Shelomo Bickel, Max Weinreich, Jacob Shatzky,
Dov Noy and Ozer Paz Pipe. An annotated selection from Pipe’s
anthology of the Yiddish folksongs of Galicia is included in
this volume; music and lyrics are both provided.
The th ird volume, published in 1972, focuses on the con-
tributions of young scholars from the Departments of Hebrew
and Arabic in the Hebrew University to folklore studies. Among
its entries are: “Some Wedding-Greetings in Arabic among the
Jews of Urfa and Aleppo” (Sima Oster) ; “The Complete ‘Mid-
rash Vayisa’u ” (Tamar Alexander and Yosef Dan) ; “Family
Life as Reflected in the Proverbs of Babylonian Jews” (Shim’on
Hayat) ; “The Story of Cain and Abel in Midrashic Though t”
(Noam Stillman); “On the Popularity of the Legends of Bruriah,
Wife of Rabbi Meir “ (Aliza Shenhar) and “Letters from Elia-
kum Zunser” (Abraham Nowersztern). Also included are studies
by such veteran folklorists as Yom-Tov Levinsky, Abraham Stahl,
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