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EPSTEIN / RECENT LITERATURE ON JEW ISH FOLKLORE
for 1969, edited by Dov Noy, Amnon Shiloah and I. Ben-Ami,
is available in monograph form (Hebrew University, 1973). It
includes a forward in English and an English index.
A notable addition to Jewish folklore is I. M. Lask’s transla-
tion of Micha Joseph Berdyczewski’s (1865-1821) exhaustive
three-volume compilation on classical Jewish tales from biblical
to modern times,
M imekor Yisrael
(Bloomington, 1976), edited
by Emanuel Bin Gorion. Dan Ben-Amos’ introduction furnishes
a lucid exposition of the noted compiler’s principles in research-
ing Jewish folk literature.
E THNOGRAPH IC STUDIES
Several publications in the past decade on the ethnography
of individual Jewish communities deserve special note. The
ethnopoetry; the music and musicians (and their repe rto ry );
the folk beliefs (of particular interest are those concerning
pilgrimages to the graves of pious men) ; the wedding; and
the material culture are among those aspects of Moroccan Jew-
ish life treated by I. Ben-Ami in his
Yahadut Maroko
(The Jews
of Morocco, Jerusalem, Rubin Mass, 1975. Hebrew and French
sections.) An exhaustive bibliography on the cultural life of
Moroccan Jews is also included.
The family life, folk medicine and ethnopoetry of Afghan
Jews are described in Reuven Kashani’s
Yehude Afganistan
(The Jews of Afghan, Jerusalem, 1975). The reader interested in
the history, daily and festival life, and folkways of Saloniki
Jews can turn to David Benvenisti’s
Yehude Saloniki
(The
Saloniki Jews, Jerusalem, Kiryat Sefer, 1973).
E TH NO PO E TR Y AND FOLK SONGS
Several collections of ethnopoetry and folk songs deserve
mention. Yacob Abraham Yona’s (1847-1922) anthology of
traditional ballads from Saloniki, translated, annotated, and
classified according to the AT system by Samuel G. Armistead
and Joseph H. Silverman, has recently appeared (
The Judeo-
Spanish Ballad. Chapbooks of Yacob Abraham Yona,
Berkeley
and Los Angeles, University of California Press, 1971). A num-
ber of these ballads have distinctly Jewish themes—the binding