Hershel Tales
  • Feb 27, 2020 2:00 am
  • 57:23 mins

Sometimes tricksters can be cruel and other times they represent the unfortunate effects of luck or fate, but Hershel of Ostropol (now modern Ukraine) is a bit different. Often called Hershele (Her-shuh-luh), this Jewish trickster is very much a satirical trickster. He’s deeply spiritual, but also pokes fun at the establishment of religion. He’s poor and humble, but also willing to stand up to forces larger than himself. His tools are humor and pointed wisdom, and he doesn’t care if he’s in Rabbi Boruch’s (Bore-oosh) court or on his deathbed—he’s always going to tell a joke. Join us as we listen to a variety of stories about one of the Apple Seed team’s favorite tricksters. On today’s episode, enjoy the following: Radio Family Journal: Ghost Restaurant Daily Mix: Paul Ricks discusses “The Arrival” Story Spotlight: “My Father and Hershel of Ostropol” by Joel ben Izzy on Buried Treasures (10:50) Storytime: Selection from “Nasruddin Stories” by Roger Jenkins (14:37) “The Nursing Home” by Joel ben Izzy on Buried Treasures (6:08) “One Last Hershel Tale” by Joel ben Izzy on Buried Treasures (3:39)