- By Nina Jaffe

The Way Meat Loves Salt: A Cinderella Tale from the Jewish Tradition

  • Title: The Way Meat Loves Salt: A Cinderella Tale from the Jewish Tradition
  • Author: Nina Jaffe
  • ISBN: 9780805043846
  • Page: 484
  • Format: Hardcover
  • The Way Meat Loves Salt A Cinderella Tale from the Jewish Tradition Many years ago in Poland there lived a rabbi who had a wife and three daughters One day the rabbi asks his children a powerful question How much do you love me His older daughters profess their love

    Many years ago in Poland, there lived a rabbi who had a wife and three daughters One day, the rabbi asks his children a powerful question How much do you love me His older daughters profess their love in gold and diamonds, but his youngest daughter, Mireleh, declares she loves her father the way meat loves salt For this remark, she is banished from her father s home.Many years ago in Poland, there lived a rabbi who had a wife and three daughters One day, the rabbi asks his children a powerful question How much do you love me His older daughters profess their love in gold and diamonds, but his youngest daughter, Mireleh, declares she loves her father the way meat loves salt For this remark, she is banished from her father s home In this flavorful Jewish Cinderella tale, Mireleh s courageous journey is peppered with a perfect blend of magic and romance, leading to a reconciliation with her beloved father Lavishly illustrated in Louise August s bold linocuts, The Way Meat Loves Salt will make a wonderful gift for the Jewish holidays.

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    1. Even though there has been like a million retellings of “Cinderella” done already, I do recall one version of the tale that was quite unique as it had the “Cinderella” character running away from home and dancing with the prince of the story in disguise and that version came from a fairy tale called “Cap O’ Rushes.” So, imagine my surprise when I found out that there was a Jewish version of this tale called “The Way Meat Loves Salt” by Nina Jaffe along with illustrations by Lou [...]

    2. The Way Meat Loves Salt: A Cinderella Tale from the Jewish Tradition, is a Jewish rendition of Cinderella told by Nina Jaffe. In this version of the tale, a rabbi lives in Poland with his three daughters and wonderful wife. He decides that he needs to know how much his precious daughters love him, but is very disturbed when his youngest daughter, Mirelah, says she loves her father as much as meat loves salt. The rabbi is so distraught that he sends his daughter away and tells her never to return [...]

    3. The Way Meat Loves Salt: A Cinderella Tale from the Jewish Tradition by Nina Jaffe and illustrated by Louise August A Cinderella story with a twist! This Cinderella story takes place in a small town in Poland where there lived a rabbi, his wife, and three daughters. The rabbi loved all his daughters, but he favored the youngest daughter the most. One day, he set out to find just how much his daughters loved him. The two oldest daughters reply was satisfying to his ears. However, when Mireleh, hi [...]

    4. This story allows the reader a peek into Jewish traditions while following the same motif of wicked sisters and the struggle for a young girl to feel adequate and loved like in Cinderella. The Way Meat Loves Salt begins with a girl named Mireleh who lives in Poland with her rabbi father and two older sisters. One day, their father asked them to tell him how much they loved him. The first replied, “Oh, Father, I love you as much as diamonds!” The second responded, “Father, I love you as muc [...]

    5. Ages 6-11I really enjoyed this Cinderella version. Maybe because I come from a cooking family and have grown up and still live surrounded by cooks, including myself, I was immediately drawn to the title of this story. This Cinderella tale from the Jewish tradition does not follow the same exact story as the traditional version that many of us may know. It begins in Poland with a rabbi, who has a wife and three daughters. The family lived happily until the rabbi decided that he needed to test the [...]

    6. Cinderella is one of the most told, retold, reimagined, and fractured fairy tales in all the world. Like, over 1,000 versions are swirling around. Not kidding. So, The Way Meat Loves Salt is a needle in a fairy tale haystack, but so what? From the Jewish tradition, this tale is set in long-ago Poland. There are no evil step-sisters or step-mother. Instead, the Cinderella figure, Mireleh, is the youngest of a rabbi’s three daughters. The rabbi banishes Mireleh because she says she loves him how [...]

    7. I loved this very different cultural retelling of a Cinderella-type story. Filled with Jewish, Polish, and Yiddish words and phrases, this story is so different from the typical Cinderella story, it's almost not even related. Other than having some wishes granted and losing a slipper, the rest of the details will be like reading a new story. A great way to introduce some cultural diversity along with religious diversity in a gentle way. Illustrations support story throughout. It does get a bit w [...]

    8. I still love this one from my childhood. It’s rushed through like most classic fairy tales are but the concept is so different from others.

    9. I love Cinderella stories, especially those from other countries. This Jewish folktale is a fun version of the Cinderella story.

    10. This version of Cinderella is about a Rabbi and his family. He had a wife and three daughters: Reyzeleh, Khaveleh, and Mireleh. Reyzeleh and Khaveleh had special talents of sewing and singing but Mireleh did not have any special gifts. The Rabbi had a special place in his heart for his third daughter Mireleh. The Rabbi wanted to know how much his children loved him, so he went two ask. His first two daughters replied with answers that were telling him they loved him more than prized things like [...]

    11. "The Way Meat Loves Salt" is a story that tells a Jewish version of Cinderella. The story begins in Poland, in the city of Lublin, where a rabbi and his wife lived with their three daughters. The rabbi loved his daughters very much and would do anything for them. However, one day he wondered, "How much do they love me?" He didn't know and the question troubled him. So, he asks his daughters. The eldest replies that she loves him as much as diamonds. The middle daughter replies that she loves him [...]

    12. In the Way Meat Loves Salt: A Cinderella Tale from Jewish Tradition by Nina Jaffe and illustrated by Louise August, the Jewish version of the classic fairytale of Cinderella is told. The story tells of the youngest of three sisters, who is banished from her family because her father believes she loves him least. She is taken in by a Rabbi and his family after Mireleh is directed to by an old man in the woods who has given her a magical stick that will grant her wishes. After spending some time w [...]

    13. “The Way Meat Loves Salt: A Cinderella Tale from the Jewish Tradition” focuses on a character named Mireleh, a beloved daughter, who is nonetheless driven away from home by her father, a rabbi, because he fears she does not love him enough. She then finds another rabbi’s family that takes her in. The story includes a wedding rather than a ball, a magic stick given by Elijah the Prophet rather than a fairy godmother, the rabbi’s son rather than a prince, and a satin slipper rather than a [...]

    14. The Way Meat Loves Salt: A Cinderella Tale from the Jewish Tradition by Nina Jaffe is a version of the Cinderella story most of us know and love. I thought the story did a good job of keeping true to the Jewish Traditions. I do not know much about Jewish Traditions so it was a good book for me to learn more about the culture. I think you could use this book as a way to compare different cultures. The book takes place in a small town in Poland where a rabbi, his wife, and three daughters live. He [...]

    15. Title: The Way Meat Loves Salt (A Cinderella Tale from the Jewish Tradition)Arthor: Nina JaffeIllustrator: Louise AugustDate of publication: 1998Publisher: Henry Holt and Company, IncBN: 0-8050-4384-5Number of Pages: 32Description/ Summary: Gr. K-4: A Rabbi and his wife had three daughters. One day the rabbi asks his children a powerful question: “How much do you love me? His oldest two daughters replied with love “gold and diamonds”, but the youngest one replied “the way meat loves salt [...]

    16. The Way Meat Loves Salt written by Nina Jaffe and illustrated by Louise August is a story that tells a Jewish version of Cinderella. In this version of Cinderella “the author/illustrator team invites young readers to consider what love consists of and how it grows”( Botelho and Rudman,p. 235.) The Way Meat Loves Salt combines the traditional version of Cinderella and the Jewish culture. The Jewish version of the tale comes from the story "How Much Do You Love Me?" from the classic collection [...]

    17. This is a wonderful take on the Cinderella tradition, which is made all the more wonderful by the fact that it doesn't have anything to do with princesses. Coming from the Jewish tradition, this book is provides ample chances for discussing with your children the Jewish faith, while also including a few of the classic details of Cinderella that our kids love so much. It is written in such a way that you don't need to completely understand Judaism to understand the story, but the story will still [...]

    18. The author wrote that she first encountered this Jewish version of the Cinderella tale in the classic collection "Yiddish Folktales." I was interested to see that the author's grandmother grew up in Bialystok, Poland, speaking Polish and Russian. My grandma was born in Bialystok too. She was a gifted storyteller. I have many treasured memories of sitting curled up in her lap listening to her weave adventures. As I read through my other Cinderella themed books I discovered the book, "Moss Gown," [...]

    19. I liked this version of Cinderella. The father of three daughters wanted to know how much they loved him. Two daughters compared their love for him to jewels and material things. The other daughter told him she love him like meat loves salt. The father was apparently offended by that and threw her out of the house. She had to fend for herself on the streets and became a beggar. She ended up marrying a prince. I thought that her response to her dad, "I love you the way meat loves salt" was approp [...]

    20. The Way Meat Loves Salt: A Cinderella Tale from the Jewish TraditionI read this book for the Traditional Tales week I loved reading this book to my 2nd grade class. Most of my students haven’t read any other Cinderella books. They loved seeing the different versions. This story is about a Jewish family that lives in Poland. The family has three daughters and their father is a rabbi. The father asks the three daughters “how much they love him” and the first daughters tell him they love him [...]

    21. In this story, we meet a family living in Poland. The family consists of a rabbi, his wife, and his 3 daughters. One day when he asks his daughters how much they love him, his youngest daughter replies, "as much as meat loves salt." The rabbi is very offended by this and drives her away from the house, telling her to never return again. The story continues and Mireleh finds a rabbi who allows her to live in the attic of the home he shares with his wife and son. The traditional Cinderella element [...]

    22. In “The Way Meat Love Salt: A Cinderella Tale from the Jewish Tradition” by Nina Jaffe and illustrated by Louise August is a beautiful Cinderella story that follows the Jewish traditions. Though, it is not your typical Cinderella story with a girl who lost her father and had an evil stepmother, this young girl gets banded from her family and struggled to find a home. The illustrations in the book are bright and colorful. They have wonderful details that help bring the story alive. I really e [...]

    23. What an enjoyable story! Nina Jaffe holds true to the typical Yiddish Folklore style. I would use this book as a study with other folklore both Jewish or not. In fact, I think it would be interesting to read different types of cultural lore and compare and contrast the similarities and differences. Also, this story would lend itself to practicing predictions for young kids. The story comes full circle very quickly and can be used to find direct text references for what happens like at the end of [...]

    24. In this Jewish Cinderella tale, a man has three daughters who he loves. When he asks how much they love him, the two oldest compare their love to jewels, but his youngest (and favorite) says she loves him the way meat loves salt. He doesn't understand and throws her out, where she is forced to become a beggar and live with a kind rabbi's family far from home. She uses a magic stick she received to make a beautiful dress for herself to attend a wedding and the rabbi's son falls in love with her. [...]

    25. FolktalesMireleh gains divine assistance in righting her misfortunes which begin when she offends her father and is turned from her house. This is a Polish rendition of Cinderella.Of the Cinderella stories I read this is one of my favorites. It does not have an evil anyone and no one in the family dies. It is the tale of a parent making a mistake, easy enough, and the eventual recovery of the family. Add in some magic to the tale and I am hooked.I would incorporate this into the fairytale portio [...]

    26. This tale takes place in Poland. The youngest of 3 sisters, Mireleh, has no special skill or talent but is favored by her father. However when he takes great offense to her saying that she loves him "the way meat loves salt," she runs away. A Rabbi and his family take her in. They attend a wedding feast, Mireleh stays behind. She attends the feast thanks to a magic stick, loses a shoe, etc. The prophet Elijah provides the necessary magic. Author's note includes history of this version of the tal [...]

    27. In a scene remniscent of "King Lear", a Polish rabbi asks his daughters how much they love him. He becomes enraged when the youngest says she loves him the way meat loves salt and drives her from his home. She finds a humble place to work in another town and is helped by a stranger (Elijah the prophet) to attend a wedding where she attracts the attention of a young man who tracks her down via her shoe! A great multicultural tale but I preferred "Raisel's Riddle."

    28. I feel this is a very culturally accurate representation of Jewish tradition and a great addition to the world of Cinderella tales. The Jewish traditions are made apparent throughout the story. I saw generativity, charity, belief in good fortune, and the love of tradition. Mireleh is a fabulous Cinderella! I love that in the end the father is the one who learns a lesson. Meat does love Salt! Great!

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