Stories

Stories are integral to the way we learn, remember, and create community. Long after many details of a speech, sermon, or event are forgotten, the stories stay with us.

Below are links to some of my favorite traditional stories. They are a response to a request for “stories about God.”

Hasidic Tales of Joy

Where is God?

Where is God?: Another Story


The Jewish world is blessed with many wonderful anthologies of stories and parables. A few of my favorites are listed below.

Ausubel, Nathan. A Treasury of Jewish Folklore: Stories, Traditions, Legends, Humor, Wisdom and Folk Songs of the Jewish People (Crown, 1949 ).

Buber, Martin. Tales of the Hasidim: The Early Masters (Schocken, 1947).

Buber, Martin. Tales of the Hasidim: The Later Masters (Schocken, 1948).

Gellman, Marc. Does God Have a Big Toe? Stories About Stories In the Bible (Harper Collins, 1989).

Mandelbaum, Yitta Halberstam. Holy Brother: Inspiring Stories and Enchanted Tales about Rabbi Shlomo Carlebach (Jason Aronson, 2002).

Schram, Penninah. Jewish Stories One Generation Tells Another (Jason Aronson, 1996).

Schwartz, Howard. The Dream Assembly: Stories of Reb Zalman Schachter-Shalomi (Amity, 1988).