The Day the Rabbi Disappeared Jewish Holiday Tales of Magic

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  • Howard Schwartz (author)
  • Monique Passicot (illustrator)
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About the Book

Ages 8 and up

Noted folklorist Howard Schwartz retells 12 Jewish tales from around the world. Each tale combines elements of magic with a link to a Jewish holiday, giving new perspectives on Rosh Hashanah, Yom Kippur, Hanukkah, Purim, and Passover—plus Shabbat, the weekly Sabbath. These memorable stories of holiday miracles and miraculous escapes have been passed down orally for thousands of years. Now the best of them—from “A Flock of Angels” to “The Enchanted Menorah” and “The Magic Winecup”—have been collected, and enriched by Monique Passicot’s luminous illustrations.


National Jewish Book Award Winner
2000 Aesop Prize Winner


Expertly presented and well-conceived collection.
—Publishers Weekly
A remarkable and sophisticated collection of stories.
—Jewish Journal

Howard Schwartz

Howard Schwartz is a distinguished and popular storyteller and scholar of Jewish folklore. He has written more than 20 books for both adults and children (including the JPS children’s title, A Coat for the Moon). He teaches English and folklore at Washington University in St. Louis.

Monique Passicot

Monique Passicot was born in Buenos Aires. Her award-winning artwork has been featured in juried shows from Portland to Paris.


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Read Chapter One, A Flock of Angels