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A Mother’s Day Tale For You

Tuesday, April 30th, 2013

By Shira Kline, based on a folk tale, origin unknown.
Please let me know if you have the source!

Chana was just about that age. That age when she wanted to know everything, felt like she should know everything, and sometimes got a little mad if someone else knew everything. Chana did very well [...]

It’s Crowded In My Kitchen

Friday, March 1st, 2013

It’s Crowded in My Kitchen
by Rabbi Janie Grackin
My friend Ellen describes my kitchen as ‘the size of a postage stamp”, and she might be exaggerating.  It might be smaller.  And cluttered.  And every holiday, it’s crowded in my kitchen.
I always tell my students that the place to be before any festival meal is in the [...]

Story: Put the Fire Out!

Friday, August 31st, 2012

Put the Fire Out!
Once there was a man who sold buttons. He went from town to town talking to people and selling buttons. This man’s name was Moishe, and he loved to travel. He liked selling his buttons, but most of all he loved learning things like how different people said hello [...]

Story: The Shepherd and His Flute

Friday, August 31st, 2012

The Shepherd and His
There is a story told of a young shepherd who on Rosh Hashana came to his synagogue to pray. But he could not pray.  For he had not learned to read the words that skipped across the pages of his books and prayers.  He sat quietly, listening to words that "climbed in [...]

Story: Pebbles From the Heart

Friday, August 31st, 2012

Pebbles From the Heart
Reuben Kaplan was a talker. At breakfast he told the stories of his dreams from the night before always adding a thick layer of interpretation. On the way to school he told the same stories to his neighbor Sam but this time they seemed a little more detailed, a little bigger. While [...]

Story: Reb Zusya

Friday, August 31st, 2012

Reb Zusya
From Partners with God by Gila Gevirtz
Behrman House
Once there was a rabbi named Zusya who loved God with all his heart and soul, and who treated all God’s creatures with respect and kindness. Rabbi Zusya studied Torah, kept Shabbat, visited the sick, and praised God for all the goodness in the world. Though he [...]

Story: The Stars Inside

Friday, August 31st, 2012

The Stars Inside
Once upon a time when the earth was covered with forest there was a corner of the world thick with trees of all shapes and sizes.  Like a family of many generations some of these trees were thousands of years old.  They stretched up high to the heavens and spread out from mountain [...]