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

UPDATE TIME: 2018-02-05 
Review Score: 5 out of 5 star From 9 user ratings

" This is a great book to use when you are learning different fairy tales from around the word. This is a great Jewish version of the Cinderella story. We will be starting a lesson on fairy tales around the world and I will use this book as one of the stories we look at to compare and contract with the traditional Cinderella version. " said.

" 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! " said.

" 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." " said.

"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 tale. Pronunciation guide to Yiddish names and words." said.


Mireleh 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 portion of my classroom curriculum.
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"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. This book incorporated Jewish traditions into a traditional fairy tale well, and ending with the girl getting back at her father by showing her what meat without salt actually tastes like. " said.

"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 the story when Mireleh noticed that a "visiting Rabbi" was at the wedding. This is a perfect place to point out to the kids and ask questions like, who do we know is a Rabbi in this story?
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"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 arrives here, when Mireleh gets dressed up and attends a wedding that the family doesn't allow her to go to. Being so beautiful, she's gazed at longingly by the rabbi's son. The story continues with the search for the woman who owns the missing shoe and ends happily ever after, of course! The father does appear in the end, only to realize that meat really does need salt; and he was wrong to banish his daughter after all! " said.

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