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Aug 17, 2017

Cantor Ellen Dreskin retells the story of a man who is so excited to have his rabbi over for Shabbat dinner. He and his family prepare for three days, but when they finally sit down for dinner and begin the Shabbat blessings, they discover that they forgot to put a cover on the challah. Find out what happens next, and...


Aug 10, 2017

The Ba’al Shem Tov was a great teacher and shochet (ritual slaughterer) in the 18th century who, after many years, decided to retire as a shochet and sell his tools. While visiting his sale, his customers were surprised to learn about his untraditional methods, and the great amount of compassion that went into his...


Aug 3, 2017

When a father falls on hard times, he worries that he won’t be able to bring his family their weekly Shabbat gift. While he does end up giving them a gift, it’s one that even surprises him. This story is inspired by Midrash Mishlei (Proverbs)  13:20 and told by Rabbi Leora Kaye, Director of Program at the URJ.


Jul 27, 2017

 

Rabbi Marc Katz retells the story of Yussele, a rich man in Krakow who has passed away. Yussele has a negative reputation in his community for turning people away in times of need, and the townspeople look forward to getting their revenge. But when they do, they learn a valuable lesson about passing judgment, and what...


Jul 20, 2017

Joseph, a tailor, had a beautiful coat of many colors just like the Joseph in the Torah. When his coat rips, he’s unsure of what to do next. Should he try to preserve it, or start fresh? In this beloved story retold by Cantor Ellen Dreskin, Joseph learns an important lesson about moving forward. For another version of...