New Mitzvah Stories for the Whole Family

Goldie Milgram and Ellen Frankel, (Eds) with Arthur Kurzweil, Batya Podos, Peninnah Schram, Danny Siegel, Mindy Shapiro and Shoshana Silberman
Reclaiming Judaism Press

Looking for stories that excite the imagination, open the heart, and support good values? This juried volume, the second in the award-winning Mitzvah-Centered Life Initiative, offers vibrant new Jewish folklore, cleverly adapted traditional tales, and riveting true stories. It also delivers something rare—an open and inclusive approach to the wide range of Jewish life, personal orientation, and family structure. Each tale is paired with a stimulating Study Guide for reflection, discussion, and action. These forty three stories reveal the nourishing spirituality of Jewish values and are designed for reading and retelling across the generations.  
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43 Stories by Leading Storytellers, Educators and Authors: 

Anne Andrew, Noa Baum, Janet Berenson, Randi Ya'el Chaikind, Mitchell Chefitz, Rachel Coles, Gerald Fierst, Rinah Rachel Galper, Yehudit Goldfarb, Dan Gordon, Leslie Gorin, Daniel T. Grossman, Jill Hammer, Nancy Handwerger, Alide Huyser-Frijda, Barbara Solomon Josselsohn, Jennifer Voigt Kaplan, Melissa Klein, Geri Kolesar, Arthur Kurzweil, Alex Lazarus-Klein, Janet Madden, Cindy Rivka Marshall, Goldie Milgram, Lynnie Mirvis, Seth F. Oppenheimer, Marden David Paru, Gail Pasternack, Geela Rayzel Raphael, Jack Riemer, Barbara Rush, Cassandra Sagan, Peninnah Schram, Rebecca Schram-Zafrany, Sandor Schuman, Cherie Karo Schwartz, Howard Schwartz, Danny Siegel, Donna Jacobs Sife, Shoshana Silberman, Anna Sher Simon, Devorah Spilman, Susan Stone, Marc Young, Jennifer Rudick Zunikoff. Cover Art: Susan Leopold  Interior Design: Taylor Rozek.  BUY NOW

Praise for New Mitzvah Stories for the Whole Family 
“It’s not so easy to know what is right or how to be a righteous person in this complicated world. If someone tells us how to live, we might not want to listen and help; but if they tell us a good story, we can come to the truth for ourselves. New Mitzvah Stories for the Whole Family is a powerful, sweet and touching collection of teaching stories that help us to find our love and know our own truth.” 
--Rabbi Shefa Gold, author of The Magic of Hebrew Chant: Healing the Spirit, Transforming the Mind, Deepening Love  
"These uplifting tales of magic and wonder reveal the power, heart, and soul of Jewish values. The study guide is also brilliantly conceived.” --Rabbi Wayne Dosick, author of Living Judaism and The Real Name of God 
“A vibrant, inclusive new generation of Jewish folklore and fantasy" --Maggie Anton, author of the award-winning Rashi's Daughters and Rav Hisda's Daughter series 
“A wonderful collection of diverse new stories to spark the imagination!” --Rabbi Sandy Eisenberg Sasso, author of Midrash: Reading the Bible with Question Marks 
“Sharing these tales is a sure-fire formula for raising a mensch!" --Rabbi Cherie Koller-Fox, President, NewCaje

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Table of Contents and 2 Hyperlinked Free Example Stories

Foreword by Arthur Kurzweil

An Interview with Danny Siegel by Goldie Milgram

Introduction by Goldie Milgram

The Radiance of the Lights by Anne Andrew

My Grandmother’s Gefilte Fish by Noa Baum

The Lesson of a Lost Phone by Janet Berenson

Seraphina’s Heart by Randi Ya’el Chaikind

When the Torahs Stopped Singing by Mitchell Chefitz

The Prisoner by Rachel Coles

The Baal Shem Tov and the Werewolf by Gerald Fierst

A Little Torah Scroll by Rinah Rachel Galper

Yosef Loved to Walk in the Woods by Yehudit Goldfarb

The Choice by Dan Gordon and Donna Jacobs Sife

The King Comes to Rottingham by Leslie Gorin

What Is, Is: A Midrash by Daniel T. Grossman

The Phoenix on Noah’s Ark by Jill Hammer

Teeg, The Tiger by Nancy Handwerger

The Surprise of the Butterfly Aurelia by Alide Huyser-Frijda

The Stranger at the Passover Table by Barbara Solomon Josselsohn

Dimes for David by Jennifer Voigt Kaplan

The Secret Ingredient by Alex Lazarus-Klein

Treasure from Grandpa by Melissa Klein

Where’s Derek Ericks? by Geri Kolesar

Adira’s Pocketbook by Janet Madden

Painting by Cindy Marshall

The Mime’s Rosh Hashanah by Goldie Milgram

Finding Peace by Lynnie Mirvis

Two Candles for Maria by Seth F. Oppenheimer

A Minor “Profit” in the Land of Israel by Marden David Paru

Asmodai in Portland by Gail Pasternack  Read full sample story for free at this link!

The Magic Soup by Geela Rayzel Raphael

The Story of the Magic Apple by Jack Riemer

The Reward for a Good Deed by Barbara Rush

Each Bird Must Carry Her Own Light by Cassandra Sagan

Bringing Joy to Others by Peninnah Schram

Tzedakah in the Market by Rebecca Schram-Zafrany

Three Wishes by Sandor Schuman

Here’s to Healing! by Cherie Karo Schwartz

Saving Lives BIG TIME by Danny Siegel

The Wall by Shoshana Silberman

Bending The Laws of Physics by Anna Sher Simon

Lost In God’s Hand by Devorah Spilman

Heavenly Soup by Susan Stone

The Wine of Paradise by Marc Young

Binah and the Broken Pieces by Jennifer Rudick Zunikoff

Finishing The Tale by Howard Schwartz

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  • Paperback: 336 pages
  • Publisher: Reclaiming Judaism Press (July 18, 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0984804897
  • ISBN-13: 978-0984804894
  • Product Dimensions: 10 x 7 x 0.8 inches

    From the award-winning Mitzvah-Centered Life Series!

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