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The Silly World of Chelm (HC)

The Silly World of Chelm (HC)








Binding: Heirloom Padded Hardcover
Pages: 408
Size: 8x10
ISBN: 978-1-891293-04-7
SKU: SWOC
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ENJOY HOURS OF LAUGHS

STRAIGHT FROM THE ARCHIVES OF
THE JEWISH PRESS

Chelm Stories

Beloved 'Town of Chelm' Returns in the World’s First
Definitive Encyclopedia of Chelm Stories

After enjoying decades of acclaim in the pages of the acclaimed weekly newspaper, THE JEWISH PRESS, the lovable, side-splitting tales from the legendary town of Chelm have been collected in the world’s first encyclopedia of Chelm stories. This new treasury of Jewish wit and whimsy brims with over 150 stories straight out of the fabled town of Chelm — the place where solving life’s practical problems was never a straightforward affair, but rather a rollicking journey into the inane.

The world’s first 408-page definitive encyclopedia of Chelm stories re-acquaints readers with the unforgettable characters that everyone’s come to know and love, including, ‘The Wise Sage of Chelm,’ and fumbling ‘Shepsil.’ The simple-minded, ‘Mottel the Tailor,” and riotous, “Berel the Terrible.” In all, original writer and creator, Arnold Fine’s, recipe for simple and clean Jewish humor still delivers, and with so many stories gathered together in one book, ‘The Silly World of Chelm,’ is guaranteed to provide hours of fun and enjoyment for the whole family. In the new 8x10 large-format book, with a uniquely decorated padded cover, you’ll read about the, ‘Green-Eyed Monster,’ and ‘The Adventures of Kunkle and Munkle.’ You’ll enjoy the hilarious tale of ‘The Mayor’s Shoes,’ and learn about the formation of the ‘Worriers of Chelm,’ plus dozens and dozens of more popular tales.

“The brilliantly conceived, eccentric scenarios have, for decades, left readers of all ages in stitches with helpless laughter, all the while leaving them scratching their heads in wonderment,” explains Zalman Goldstein, author of other children’s titles such as, ‘The Sultan’s Trap’ and the popular ‘Uncle Yossi’s Big Book of Stories’ series. “Being able to provide good, kosher humor for everyone is a privilege that is difficult to pass up. In this regard, ‘The Silly World of Chelm,’ really delivers!”




















LIST OF INCLUDED CHELM STORIES

A Fish Story
A Portion of Paradise
A Stone in the Road
A Visit to The Doctor
Berel the Terrible
Charity
Chicken Planting Time
Giving Thanks
How to Bury A Hole
How to Succeed in Business
Ivan the Terrible
Nachum the Water-Carrier
Naming a Baby
On Becoming Wise
Rich Man, Poor Man
The Accountant
The Adventurers
The Adventures of Kunkle and Munkle
The Airplane
The Airplane II
The Animal Lover
The Bird Seed
The Bird
The Blessed Events
The Blessing
The Briefcase
The Budget Problem
The Bully
The Bus Driver
The Businessman
The Businessman II
The Businessmen III
The Buttered Bread
The Chandelier
The Choir and the Train
The Cobbler and the Chicken Farmer
The Old Sage and the Czar
The Debate
The Dentist
The Diet
The Doctor
The Doctor II
The Doctor III
The Doctor IV
The Dog Catcher
The Dog Catcher II
The Donkey Dilemma
The Door
The Door II
The Dream
The Dreamer
The Election in Chelm
The Electric Car
The Elephant
The Elevator
The Emergency
The Encyclopedia of Chelm



The Encyclopedia of Chelm II
The Entrance Examination
The Escape
The Executive
The Eye Examination
The Eyeglasses
The Feathers
The Fence
The Financial Crunch
The Fire
The Fishermen
The Foolish List
The Foolish Souls
The Foreman
The Gleaning of Knowledge
The Goat
The Goat (ver. 2)
The Gold Coins
The Great Sage of Chelm
The Green-Eyed Monster
The Highwaymen of Chelm
The Highwaymen of Chelm II
The Highwaymen of Chelm III
The Hole in the Boat
The Horse and Wagon
The Horse Thieves
The Hypnotist
The Insurance Salesman
The Invalid
The Journey
The Jumping Frog of Chelm
The Key
The Key Executive
The Kopeck Game
The Lesson
The Letter
The Lion and the Bear
The Lost Money
The Loyal Worker
The Marital Problem
The Marriage Arrangement
The Mayor’s Shoes
The Medicine
The Miracle of Space
The Mirror
The Morning Service
The Mother-in-Law
The New Math
The New Pupils
The New School
The New School Teacher
The New Shul
The Painter
The Painting
The Pair of Shoes
The Patient



The Perfect Shidduch
The Philosophers
The Philosophy Student
The Pious One
The Plaque
The Poor Dog
The Prisoner
The Psychologist
The Punishment
The Purse
The Raffle
The Rainmaker
The Report Card
The Restaurant
The Rich, the Poor, and the Blintzes
The Riddle
The Scientists
The Search
The Secret Ballot
The Senior Citizen
The Shoe Salesman
The Shoelaces
The Shrewd Farmer
The Sign Painter
The Sinner and the Horse
The Snowfall
The Sting
The Stone Storehouses
The Storekeeper
The Stranger and the Cemetery
The Stream
The Suitor
The Tax Collector
The Teacup Salesman
The Team
The Telegraph
The Telephone
The Thief
The Town Meetings
The Train
The Train Ride
The Train Station
The Train Schedule
The Traveler
The Trip to Minsk
The Tzedakah Box
The Verdict
The Video Machine
The Visitor
The Window-Washer of Chelm
The World of Credit
The Worrier of Chelm
The Worriers of Chelm
There’s a Right Way and a Left Way
Traveling First Class
Twins Are Twins
Watching the Stranger




EDITORIALS/REVIEWS

"Beloved 'Town of Chelm' Returns in Ultimate Collection of Chelm Stories"
After enjoying decades of acclaim in the pages of The Jewish Press, the lovable, side-splitting tales from the legendary town of Chelm have recently been collected in the world’s first encyclopedia of Chelm stories.

The treasury of Jewish wit and whimsy brims with over 150 stories straight out of the fabled town of Chelm — the place where solving life’s practical problems was never a straightforward affair, but rather a rollicking journey into the inane.

The world’s first 408-page encyclopedia of Chelm stories re-acquaints readers with the unforgettable characters that everyone’s come to know and love, including, “The Wise Sage of Chelm,” and of course, humble “Shepsil.” The simple-minded, “Mottel the Tailor,” and riotous, “Berel the Terrible.” In all, original writer and creator, Arnold Fine’s, recipe for simple and clean Jewish humor still delivers, and with so many stories gathered together in one book, “The Silly World of Chelm,”is guaranteed to provide hours of fun and enjoyment for the whole family.

In the new 8x10 large-format book, with a uniquely decorated padded cover, you’ll read about the, “Green-Eyed Monster,” and “The Adventures of Kunkle and Munkle.” You’ll enjoy the hilarious tale of “The Mayor’s Shoes,” and learn about the formation of the “Worriers of Chelm,” plus dozens and dozens of more, ever-popular tales.

“The brilliantly conceived, eccentric scenarios have, for decades, left readers of all ages in stitches with helpless laughter, all the while leaving them scratching their heads in wonderment,” explains Zalman Goldstein, “And being able to provide good, kosher humor to everyone is a privilege that is difficult to pass up. In this regard, The Silly World of Chelm really delivers.”

Special thanks goes to Jerry Greenwald and Chumie Friedman, of The Jewish Press, who went out of their way to assist with mining The Jewish Press archives. Thanks to their efforts, the ageless wit of the Chelmites will endure.

For those new to the "World of Chelm," here's a typical Chelm story:

Moshe and Oizer decided to go into business together. So, they set out for the next village to purchase a barrel of wine. They placed the barrel carefully on their little donkey cart and headed back. As they rode home, Moshe turned to Oizer and asked, “Maybe I could have just a little wine, since the road is so dusty?”

“No, we can’t do that!” Oizer replied. “We invested all our savings in this barrel of wine. Anyone who gets a drink from the barrel must pay for it. We will charge ten kopecks per drink!”

Moshe reached into his pocket. “Here, I still have ten kopecks left.” He handed the coins to his friend and drew a cup of wine.

In a few minutes Oizer turned to Moshe. “You know, the road is dusty and I’m also parched. I think I, too, will purchase a drink from our stock. Here’s your ten kopecks back.” Oizer, too, drew a drink from the barrel, and they continued down the road. And so it went, back and forth, until they finished the barrel of wine.

When they reached the town of Chelm and saw their empty barrel, Oizer turned to Moshe and exclaimed, “What a remarkable world we live in! We purchased a barrel of wine for 100 kopecks. Sold only to each other. Each of us had our fill. And you still have your ten kopecks left. What an amazing world we live in!”

Here’s another: One day the people of Chelm gathered to build a new shul for the growing village. “But,” one of the elders called out. “If we dig the foundation for the new shul, where will we put the earth that will be taken out of the ground?” They all turned to the Sage and waited for his answer. “All we have to do is dig another hole to put the earth in!” The Sage explained quite innocently. “But,” persisted the elder, “Where will we put the earth we remove from the second hole that we will be digging?” The Sage smiled warmly. “That too, has a simple solution! We will dig a third hole, twice as big as the first, and place the earth from the second hole in that hole!”

Oh, the profundity!

The Silly World of Chelm is available above, and at fine Jewish books stores.


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