Green Bean Books

In the Market of Zakobat

Written by Ori Elon
Illustrated by Menahem Halberstadt

Price: £10.99 / $12.99
Pages: 40
Format: Paperback

ISBN: 9781784386528
Subject: Classic Jewish tale about a miser and a cobbler


  • Adapted from an ancient Babylonian Jewish folktale, which can be found in the Gemara.

  • Celebrates generosity of spirit and a love of Shabbat.

  • Beautifully and humorously told with stunning illustrations throughout.


Baltosar lives in a giant fortress in the town of Zakrobat. Despite the thirteen boxes of gold coins locked away in his house, he prides himself on how frugally he lives.

Yosef, Baltosar’s neighbour, is a hardworking cobbler who lives in poverty. Yet every Friday he goes to the market to buy something special for Shabbat and he is famous for his festive Shabbat meals.

One night, Baltosar dreams that his boxes of gold grow feet and run away to Yosef. He wakes up screaming in terror and vows that Yosef will never have a penny of his great fortune. He comes up with the perfect scheme to keep his riches safe, or at least safe from Yosef, but things don’t quite go according to plan.

Told with humour and a lightness of touch, this classic fable of a miser’s comeuppance celebrates generosity of spirit and the joy of Shabbat as all the riches a person needs.

Author Details

Ori Elon is an award-winning Israeli filmmaker and writer. He is the author of Invisible Show, which won the Israeli Ministry of Culture Best Novel award. He has written several children’s books including The Chickens that were Turned into Goats and King Gogle. He is the co-creator and writer of the critically acclaimed television drama Shtisel which won 17 Israeli Academy Awards. He was one of the writers of the drama series Srugim, the miniseries Autonomous and the comedy The Choir.

Illustrator Details

Menahem Halberstadt studied painting and drawing under the instruction of the famous Israeli artists Leonid Balaklav and Aram Gershuni. Following this, he studied animation at the Betzalel Academy and graphic design at Hadassah Academic College, Jerusalem. He works as an illustrator with a number of publishing houses in Israel and lives in Israel with his wife and four children.