In tanach, sacred Hebrew Scripture, Elijah the Prophet is a vivid dramatic figure who defies kings and false prophets for G-d, and at last goes up alive to heaven in a chariot of fire. In a long unbroken tradition that begins in the Talmud and continues in our time, Elijah returns to earth whenever, wherever he is needed, to help pious, deserving Jews in distress. He can appear in any form, as old or young, rich or poor, Jew or Gentile. In dreams or waking visions he comes to devout, holy scholars to reveal precious, secret meanings in the Torah. Time and again he saves a poor, starving family from trouble and misery. He rescues whole communities from disaster in a cruel alien world. What is this work? This is a collection like no other attempted before. Here is the entire range of traditions in Jewish lore about Elijah from sources oral and written, printed and manuscript. Beginning with the Talmud and Midrash, the author has carefully gathered every tale about Elijah the Prophet, and every instance where he came to teach and reveal, to explain and illuminate. This unique collection continues through the recorded traditions of Ashkenazic and Sephardic Jewry. Then the author adds the rich, colorful material found in the oral ad written records of the chassidim. Arranged by subject headings, this work is a heart-warming treasury from the well-springs of Jewish tradition. It brings the vibrancy and color, the interest and excitement of stories and teachings told for generations in hallowed Jewish homes and places of worship. To readers of every age it will bring hours of fascinating, satisfying reading.
by Yisroel Ya'akov Klapholtz
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