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A Note on Attributions

of stories on the Hasidic Stories Home Page

Hasidic tradition is very insistent on accuracy and reliability. Many stories on this web site, however, have been adapted from traditional stories. In fact, some are new tales inspired by Hasidic tradition.

To avoid confusing any reader, this page explains how to determine whether a given story is an exact rendition, has been retold or adapted, or is a wholly original creation.

1. A few of the stories on this web site are presented in the exact words in which they first appeared in print. These are attributed to the rebbes who first told them, e.g., "by Rabbi Nachman of Bratslav." The translator's name appears at the end of the story.

2. Other stories are retold or adapted by modern authors and storytellers. In the case of stories that I myself have retold, I use the terms this way:

"retold"
The words of the story have been changed, but the basic episodes of the story are traditional.
"adapted"
Changes have been made to the episodes as well as to the words.
Note: I sometimes list sources and people who have inspired a particular story at the end of the story. For more information, please contact me.

In the case of stories that others have retold, I have used the terms provided by the retellers, whether "by," "retold by," or "adapted by." For exact information about the relationship of these versions to the traditional sources, please contact the individual authors.

3. Still other stories are completely original, never before appearing in print or in oral tradition. In the case of stories that I have created myself, I use the term, "by Doug Lipman."

Please let me know if you have questions or comments.

Yours,

Doug Lipman

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