The Silly World of Chelm

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!”


A Fish Story

A Portion of Paradise

A Stone in the Road

A Visit to The Doctor

Berel the Terrible


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

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