• "Gimpel the Fool" is about a man named Gimpel who marries Elka, the town whore. She bears six children and tells Gimpel on her deathbed than none of them are his.
• After her death, he leaves the country and travels and tells stories to children. He is grateful when death comes as truth will be revealed.
• "The Gentleman from Cracow" is about a town who gladly welcomes a stranger who gives them money and fine things. He is the devil and destroys the town.
• In "Joy," Rabbi Bainish loses his daughter, and his remaining two daughters and wife are all consumptive. He wishes he had power to cure them and loses faith.
• Bainish tells another rabbi he no longer believes in God until he sees an image of his dead daughter. This motivates him to be good and believing again.
• "The Little Shoemakers" is about Abba...
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