Howard Schwartz is a folklorist, storyteller and Professor of English at the University of Missouri- St. Louis. He is the editor of Tree of Souls: The Mythology of Judaism, Elijah’s Violin and Other Jewish Fairy Tales, Miriam’s Tambourine: Jewish Folktales from Around the World, Lilith’s Cave: Jewish Tales of the Supernatural and Gabriel’s Palace: Jewish Mystical Tales.
Tales of the Great Jewish Mystics
A substantial body of Jewish mystical tales constitute the legendary dimension of the Jewish mystical tradition. These tales cover a range of mystical experiences, not only of mystical union but of visions, dreams, soul travel, encounters with angels and demons, possession by both good and evil spirits, miracles and experiences out of body and out of time. Howard Schwartz unraveled Jewish stories and legends from his collection, Gabriel’s Palace: Jewish Mystical Tales.
JBW 2008’s School Day looked at ‘Storytelling Histories.’ We invited year 6 classes to sample some of the most exciting parts of the festival in a series of three specially designed sessions with some multi-talented and award-winning writers.
Caroline Lawrence, author of The Roman Mysteries spoke about the way she uncovers and brings to life stories from history, focusing on The Slave Girl Form Jerusalem; Storyteller and Folklorist Howard Schwartz told the story of The Bi...
This session was developed from Howard Schwartz’s book Tree of Souls: The Mythology of Judaism. Few have recognized the essential role of mythology in Jewish folklore. In this workshop the storyteller told and then deconstructed a single folktale about Rabbi Isaac Luria of Safed in the 16th century to demonstrate how it is built on more than a dozen primary Jewish mythological themes.