Issues 21:04 Big Stories

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Even if we’re not fully aware of it, we each have a paradigm through which we view our Jewish experience. And it’s different for each of us, depending on our upbringing.

In this edition, Rich Robinson presents six typical paradigms—what he calls “Big Stories.” See if you resonate with one of them. Then read about a young Jewish man who, through a dream, found he needed a new “Big Story” to explain his experience. Finally, read a story from the shtetl about a rabbi who met a wise man with a mysterious book that challenged the rabbi’s “Big Story.”

Stories That Jews Tell (About Ourselves)
Author: Rich Robinson

We each have a paradigm through which we view our Jewish experience. What’s yours?

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Stories That Jews Tell (About Ourselves), Part Two
Author: Rich Robinson

We all bring certain assumptions to the paradigm through which we view our Jewish experience.

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No More Religious Confusion
Author: Shimon Eitan

When a rabbi told him that he didn’t have to believe in God, Shimon Eitan became even more confused about Judaism.

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In the Little Shtetl of Vaysechvoos: The Wise Stranger
Author: Jews For Jesus

In the little shtetl of Vaysechvoos, a wise stranger passes through and confounds the local rabbi.

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