Mitzvah Stories: Seeds for Inspiration and Learning

The Jewish Book Council has chosen Mitzvah Stories: Seeds for Inspiration and Learning as its Jewish book of the week. Mitzvah Stories: Seeds for Inspiration and Learning was written Ellen Frankel and The Philadelphia Jewish Voice’s Living Judaism editor Rabbi Goldie Milgram. Our heartfelt congratulations!

PJVoice readers will surely love, as the cover copy indicates: “to dive into these sixty inspiring and provocative adult-level mitzvah stories crafted by leading Jewish storytellers, rabbis and authors from across the full spectrum of Jewish life. These juried, newly-minted tales reveal how each mitzvah, when carried out with understanding and creativity, becomes a rich source of spirituality and meaning.” Mitzvah Stories cultivates respectful Jewish community and facilitates engaged Jewish living. Meant for reading and retelling across the generations, Mitzvah Stories shows us that Judaism is a spiritual practice.

Information on the companion deck of 52 professionally illustrated Mitzvah Cards follows the jump.

Mitzvah Cards: One Mitzvah Leads to Another

These 52 Mitzvah Cards convey many of the core spiritual practices of a meaningful Jewish life. Draw one card weekly for reflection, study & practice. Or, sort the cards by mitzvot you keep, those for further learning, and those you aren’t ready to take on. Discuss each with a friend or teacher. Guests can also select a card, and then share a mitzvah story or teaching. There are many more engaging applications for Mitzvah Cards. Each card has a pomegranate illustration based on the Talmudic saying “Every Jew is as full of mitzvot as a pomegranate is full of seeds.” Terms appear in Hebrew with transliteration and inspiring explanations. Appropriate for adults through b’nei mitzvah age. Meaningful gift for Hanukkah, birthday, wedding, Bar Mitzvah and Bat Mitzvah.

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