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Stories We Tell

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Stories We Tell
Stories We Tell

Stories We Tell

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Judaism has a deep and rich tradition of storytelling, of passing down stories from one generation to the next. To carry on that tradition, Stories We Tell, from ReformJudaism.org, will share a new story with you every Thursday. Whether you listen while driving to work, preparing Shabbat dinner, or taking your kids to school, each episode will give you a new story to reflect on and discuss with the people in your life. Stories We Tell is a project of the Union for Reform Judaism, a leading voice in the discussion of modern Jewish life.

Latest Episodes

Whatever You Do, Don't Bite Off the Pitom

Every year Moshe begs his father for an etrog, and every year, his father says they can’t afford it, until one special Sukkot when they scrimp and save and finally bring home an etrog. But what happens when Moshe can’t resist the pitom and Boris the Beet Borscht Baron from Belarus with very strong hands comes to bless the etrog? As Rabbi Steven Bob reminds us, “Whatever You Do, Don’t Bite Off the pitom”!

6 MIN4 d ago
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Whatever You Do, Don't Bite Off the Pitom

Happiness

Once upon a time a king fell seriously ill, and nobody could figure out how to cure his ailment. Finally, a healer suggested a remedy: if the king could wear the shirt of a person who was absolutely happy, he would be healed. So, a team set out to find a person who was absolutely happy. Did they succeed? Shira Kline, performance and ritual artist and director of worship at Lab/Shul retells the story.

5 MIN1 w ago
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Happiness

The Scholar and the Merchant

When a scholar boards a ship with a group of merchants, the merchants are confused. What does a scholar have to sell that could compete with their radiant perfume and beautiful scarves? When pirates storm the ship, they find out in this story retold by Rabbi Rick Jacobs, president of the Union for Reform Judaism. You can find a written version of this story, titled “The Sefer Torah,” in the book Three Times Chai: 54 Rabbis Tell Their Favorite Stories by Laney Katz Becker.

6 MIN2 w ago
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The Scholar and the Merchant

The Greatest Gift

It’s time for the princess to get married, and the king and queen want to make sure that she marries her best match. There are three brothers in the running, and in order to decide which one will marry the princess, the king and queen set up a contest: the brother who gives the princess the greatest gift will become her husband. The brothers travel far and wide, and the oldest finds a magic carpet, the middle brother finds a magic mirror, and the youngest finds a special apple. Which gift is best? Rabbi Matt Gewirtz retells the story, which is adapted from The Magic Pomegranate: A Jewish Folktale by Peninnah Schram.

7 MIN3 w ago
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The Greatest Gift

The Scratch in the Ruby

This week we revisit a familiar story, The Scratch in the Ruby, previously told by Jerry Kaye, but with a lovely new ending added by Rabbi Leora Kaye. Every year, on the king’s birthday, he brings out his treasured and exceptionally perfect ruby and shows it to his kingdom. One fateful day, this joy is marred when a scratch appears. The king is heartbroken, as no one can fix his ruined ruby, until a young girl teaches the king two lessons – how to see the beauty in imperfections and the importance of taking great care when given charge of something so valuable to another person.

11 MINSEP 19
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The Scratch in the Ruby

What Did You Leave on the Table?

If somebody left something important at your house, would you give it to anyone else? That’s the question Mrs. Gold asks her daughter to encourage her to learn a life-long lesson. Find out what was left, and why this question contains such a crucial message, in this story retold by Cantor Ellen Dreskin.

3 MINSEP 12
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What Did You Leave on the Table?

Small Things

A lovely stroll in the woods, a simple question from an astute 9 year old, and a little snow, remind us that often times it’s the small things that can make the biggest difference. This week, Rabbi Leora Kaye shares the wonderful tale of Small Things, based on a true story from Alice Myers.

4 MINSEP 5
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Small Things

Map Of The World

Sometimes, it may feel like we live in a huge world and that coming together and mending our connections is an enormous task that will take forever. However, as Rabbi Phyllis Sommer reminds us with this week’s story, Map of The World, sometimes, all it takes is one very smart class, a new perspective and a little tape.

2 MINAUG 29
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Map Of The World

Cottage of Candles

When a man traveling the world in pursuit of justice walks into a dark forest, he discovers a cottage filled with oil candles, and he’s shown his designated candle. Listen in as Rabbi Fred Reeves shares the magical story of testing one’s moral compass.

5 MINAUG 22
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Cottage of Candles

Moishe’s Song

Have you ever had a song get stuck in your head, that you just can’t get out? In “Moishe’s Song” Rabbi Rachel Heaps shares the story of Moishe’s melodic malady, and how his son’s love led to a beautiful cure and an important lesson.

6 MINAUG 15
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Moishe’s Song

Latest Episodes

Whatever You Do, Don't Bite Off the Pitom

Every year Moshe begs his father for an etrog, and every year, his father says they can’t afford it, until one special Sukkot when they scrimp and save and finally bring home an etrog. But what happens when Moshe can’t resist the pitom and Boris the Beet Borscht Baron from Belarus with very strong hands comes to bless the etrog? As Rabbi Steven Bob reminds us, “Whatever You Do, Don’t Bite Off the pitom”!

6 MIN4 d ago
Comments
Whatever You Do, Don't Bite Off the Pitom

Happiness

Once upon a time a king fell seriously ill, and nobody could figure out how to cure his ailment. Finally, a healer suggested a remedy: if the king could wear the shirt of a person who was absolutely happy, he would be healed. So, a team set out to find a person who was absolutely happy. Did they succeed? Shira Kline, performance and ritual artist and director of worship at Lab/Shul retells the story.

5 MIN1 w ago
Comments
Happiness

The Scholar and the Merchant

When a scholar boards a ship with a group of merchants, the merchants are confused. What does a scholar have to sell that could compete with their radiant perfume and beautiful scarves? When pirates storm the ship, they find out in this story retold by Rabbi Rick Jacobs, president of the Union for Reform Judaism. You can find a written version of this story, titled “The Sefer Torah,” in the book Three Times Chai: 54 Rabbis Tell Their Favorite Stories by Laney Katz Becker.

6 MIN2 w ago
Comments
The Scholar and the Merchant

The Greatest Gift

It’s time for the princess to get married, and the king and queen want to make sure that she marries her best match. There are three brothers in the running, and in order to decide which one will marry the princess, the king and queen set up a contest: the brother who gives the princess the greatest gift will become her husband. The brothers travel far and wide, and the oldest finds a magic carpet, the middle brother finds a magic mirror, and the youngest finds a special apple. Which gift is best? Rabbi Matt Gewirtz retells the story, which is adapted from The Magic Pomegranate: A Jewish Folktale by Peninnah Schram.

7 MIN3 w ago
Comments
The Greatest Gift

The Scratch in the Ruby

This week we revisit a familiar story, The Scratch in the Ruby, previously told by Jerry Kaye, but with a lovely new ending added by Rabbi Leora Kaye. Every year, on the king’s birthday, he brings out his treasured and exceptionally perfect ruby and shows it to his kingdom. One fateful day, this joy is marred when a scratch appears. The king is heartbroken, as no one can fix his ruined ruby, until a young girl teaches the king two lessons – how to see the beauty in imperfections and the importance of taking great care when given charge of something so valuable to another person.

11 MINSEP 19
Comments
The Scratch in the Ruby

What Did You Leave on the Table?

If somebody left something important at your house, would you give it to anyone else? That’s the question Mrs. Gold asks her daughter to encourage her to learn a life-long lesson. Find out what was left, and why this question contains such a crucial message, in this story retold by Cantor Ellen Dreskin.

3 MINSEP 12
Comments
What Did You Leave on the Table?

Small Things

A lovely stroll in the woods, a simple question from an astute 9 year old, and a little snow, remind us that often times it’s the small things that can make the biggest difference. This week, Rabbi Leora Kaye shares the wonderful tale of Small Things, based on a true story from Alice Myers.

4 MINSEP 5
Comments
Small Things

Map Of The World

Sometimes, it may feel like we live in a huge world and that coming together and mending our connections is an enormous task that will take forever. However, as Rabbi Phyllis Sommer reminds us with this week’s story, Map of The World, sometimes, all it takes is one very smart class, a new perspective and a little tape.

2 MINAUG 29
Comments
Map Of The World

Cottage of Candles

When a man traveling the world in pursuit of justice walks into a dark forest, he discovers a cottage filled with oil candles, and he’s shown his designated candle. Listen in as Rabbi Fred Reeves shares the magical story of testing one’s moral compass.

5 MINAUG 22
Comments
Cottage of Candles

Moishe’s Song

Have you ever had a song get stuck in your head, that you just can’t get out? In “Moishe’s Song” Rabbi Rachel Heaps shares the story of Moishe’s melodic malady, and how his son’s love led to a beautiful cure and an important lesson.

6 MINAUG 15
Comments
Moishe’s Song