Teachings: Mitzvah Stories

Rebbe on the Road, free e-book

For many years Barry and I wrote spiritual travelogues, here they are compiled as an e-book for summer reading. Enjoy!

Mitzvah Stories Podcast - Can the Jewish People Get Along

VIEW HERE:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YkjzNWxzTho

Barry Bub, MD reveals how Jews from very different parts of the spectrum of Jewish practice can, with thought and preparation, have meaningful connection in this Mitzvah Stories podcast filmed at the Museum for Jewish History, NY, NY. The story is his own, "Tied Together and Worlds Apart,"
from Mitzvah Stories: Seeds for Inspiration and Learning  - Buy Now

A Funny Tefillin Story

I didn't spend a penny on my last trip to Canada and so I noted that on the customs form. The smiling agent stamps a big red word "Extest" onto my form and sends me around the corner where all the people with large suspicious boxes go. Ugh. A zillion overseas trips and today, winging my way back to my beloved, to get stuck in bureaucracy. 

Hannukah before Perestroika

We are en route to Tula, home of the samovar and location of the Tolstoy estate. I am very excited to be going there, having been granted scholar’s rights to access the books in his library, a side benefit of the Hanukkah seminar for Jewish women and girls we have been requested to give there.

Hannukah before Perestroika

We are en route to Tula, home of the samovar and location of the Tolstoy estate. I am very excited to be going there, having been granted scholar’s rights to access the books in his library, a side benefit of the Hanukkah seminar for Jewish women and girls we have been requested to give there.

Podcast of Aliyah: A Story from the Israel Folk Tale Archives

live footage, told by Peninnah Schram at the Mitzvah Stories book release

 

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Professor Peninnah Schram is a world-renowned storyteller and beloved mentor and colleague to

Podcast of Mitzvah Project: Gleaning and Glowing

Bmitzvah.org: B Mitzvah! The Bar Mitzvah & Bat Mitzvah (R)evolution

Inspiring four minute story of an updated approach to gleaning that adds dignity to the lives of the poor by creatively gleaning and supplying fresh produce to the shelves of the local food bank. A readily replicable mitzvah project perfect for bar and bat mitzvah, youth groups, congregations, etc. Gleaning projects are on the rise world-wide, and may be available for participation in your area.

 

Visiting Reb Nachman's Grave in Uman

First published in the Philadelphia Jewish Voice.

This is the story of how over a decade ago, my teacher Rabbi Zalman Schachter-Shalomi sent me to the grave of Reb Nachman of Breslov in Uman to ask a question of Reb Nachman's soul. Now, visiting dead rebbes was not the sort of work I had in mind at that phase of my life. Although I was already past the "fabrente" feminist phase of my development, I was very busy with creating vehicles for women's inclusion in Jewish leadership and researching herstory.

Story of the Bat Mitzvah Girl Who Almost Died

The car rolled over and over and in it the family and "my bat mitzvah girl" were slammed about. They all were miraculously alive when the vehicle came to a halt, two girls would require surgery and "my" recent bat mitzvah girl would be in a deep, unresponsive coma. Watching the parents, who deserved trauma care themselves, going from room to room of their wounded children, even these five years later, brings a rush of tears to my eyes.

Looking back, I remember my love for that congregation I served for almost ten years, and for this particular family. The anxiety and hopelessness grew huge in me, as to my eye, the hospital staff, hour by hour, appeared to be giving up on her. It was a series of days I shall also always remember, because it was when my intellectual and cultural understanding of Judaism was no longer enough. It was the first time I truly prayed, many years after graduating as a "trained rabbi."

Sample Story "A Father's Gift" from Mitzvah Stories: Seeds for Inspiration and Learning

                                        A Father's Gift by Noa Baum 

Bilal grew up in Lahore, in the Punjab province of Pakistan. When he was a young boy there was a war between India and Pakistan, and Bilal asked his father:

Sample Story: A Single Seed of a Pomegranate

from Mitzvah Stories: Seeds for Inspiration and Learning

 

A Single Seed of a Pomegranate, retold by Cherie Karo Schwartz

Kavannah (setting the intention):

The Cup of Love and Blessing

“Rabbi, our wedding will be at sunset on a small island off the coast of Western Canada. The beaches are great; there’s even a small mountain. We’ll fly you in and put you up for a few days. But please understand, we want the ceremonial mumbo jumbo out of the way as quickly as possible so our guests can have a good time on the party boats before it’s too dark.”

Sample Story: Queen Esther’s Joy by Rabbi Naomi Steinberg

from Mitzvah Stories: Seeds for Inspiration and Learning, Reclaiming Judaism Press

From Mitzvah Stories: Seeds for Inspiration and Learning
Honored by the National Jewish Book Awards!

a story by Rabbi Naomi Steinberg

The Bat Mitzvah Girl Who Loved Horses

Are there tasteful limits for B'nei Mitzvah? B Mitzvah! The Bar/Bat Mitzvah (R)evolution continues here

There was a twelve-year-old girl who loved horses. She was preparing to become bat mitzvah and insisted on horseback rides for her friends in the synagogue parking lot as well as centerpieces with famous horses depicted upon them. She also wanted to wear her riding hat when she read Torah. What to do? What’s a parent or rabbi to say?

Reb Goldie: “Ashley, I’m so impressed by your love of animals, especially horses, that I’ve brought you some information from Judaism about animals and horses.”

Sample Story: Light

from Mitzvah Stories: Seeds for Inspiration and Learning, Reclaiming Judaism Press

Light by Yisroel Bernath

Original Letter from The Surprise of the Butterfly Aurelia

from New Mitzvah Stories for The Whole Family

The Surprise of the Butterfly Aurelia
by Alide Huyser-Frijda © 2014 is found in

Seraphina's Heart: An Example Story from "New Mitzvah Stories for the Whole Family"

Seraphina’s Heart a story by Randi Ya’el Chaikind,
from New Mitzvah Stories for the Whole Family Note: Over 80 of our Mitzvah Stories series participating storytellers are availlable to come and offer professional storytelling for your local events and simchas! Inquiries