The Crowded Home

The Crowded Home

Nasrudin was talking to his neighbor one day, and the neighbor lamented, “I’m really having trouble fitting my family in our small house. It’s me, my wife, my three kids, and my mother-in-law-all sharing the same cottage. Mulla Nasrudin, you are a...
Pangur Bán: A Scholar and his Cat

Pangur Bán: A Scholar and his Cat

Pangur, white Pangur, How happy we are Alone together, scholar and cat Each has his own work to do daily; For you it is hunting, for me study. Your shining eye watches the wall; My feeble eye is fixed on a book. You rejoice, when your claws entrap a mouse; I rejoice...
The Fox and the Hedgehog

The Fox and the Hedgehog

A wounded Fox disabled lay; To drive tormenting flies away A Hedgehog offered him his aid: “No, Sir, I thank you,” Reynard said; “Already I have borne the ill; These of my blood have suck’d their fill; And should we now these robbers chase, A...
The Fly

The Fly

A Fly, upon a chariot pole, Sees sandy clouds about him roll; And, puft with self-importance, cries, “The dust I raise obscures the skies!” This version of Aesop’s fable is from “Fables and Satires,” by Sir Brooke...
A Cottage of Candles

A Cottage of Candles

A Jewish Folk Tale for Yom Kippur There was once a Jew who went out into the world to fulfill the Biblical command – “Tzedek tzedek tirdof – Justice, justice shall you pursue.” Somewhere, he was certain, true justice must exist, but he had never found it. So he...