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Sippurey Maʾasiyot consists of thirteen tales that have many traits in common with fairy tales. The thirteen tales are replete with fantastic plots in fantastic settings in indefinite time and space. The tales were told by Rabbi Nahman of Bratslav over a period of four years from 1806 to 1810. Until 1806, Nahman disseminated his religious thoughts through homilies. From 1806 and onward, however, Nahman consciously chose the genre of tales as an additional and most important means of communication. The author employs Hayden White’s concept of “tropology” to address Nahman’s discursive turn to telling tales. To enable an address of Nahman’s composite scriptural use the author differentiates between two scriptural aspects: the canonical and the mystical.

Keywords: Bratslav; Rabbi Nahman; Sippurey Maʾasiyot

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