Preface and Acknowledgments Introduction: The Story Behind the Story I. The Stories: Biblical and Rabbinic Stories II. Folktales of Love III. Love Letters IV. Contemporary Love Stories V. Writing Your Own Love Story Glossary Index About the Editors
Rabbi Sandy Eisenberg Sasso is director of the Religion, Spirituality, and the Arts Initiative at Butler University and is a national speaker on women and spirituality and the religious imagination of children. She is rabbi emerita of Congregation Beth-El Zedeck in Indianapolis, where she served for thirty-six years, and is the author of numerous highly acclaimed books for both adults and children. Her children's book The Shema in the Mezuzah won the 2012 National Jewish Book Award for Best Illustrated Children's Book. Peninnah Schram is professor emerita of speech and drama at Yeshiva University. An internationally renowned storyteller, she travels across the United States and other countries as a featured presenter at storytelling festivals and conferences and as an artist-in-residence. She is the author of twelve notable books of Jewish folktales and has received numerous prestigious awards, including a Covenant Award for Outstanding Jewish Educator and the National Storytelling Network's Lifetime Achievement Award.
Love is universal. But there is a special Jewish flavor to it. And that flavor can be savored on every page of this beautiful book. Reading it is like going to one hundred Jewish weddings--and being inspired by the story behind each one. It will make you want to shout 'Mazel tov!'--Ari L. Goldman, author of The Search for God at Harvard and Being Jewish Traditional and modern voices of Jews in love vibrate through this anthology of tales and letters which includes biblical, Talmudic, and medieval folk tales as well as letters and personal narratives of modern rabbis and philosophers. Some of the stories are classic tales, others are refreshing and little-known intimate narratives, yet all affirm the bond of love in Jewish courtship and in family life. This lovely collection of tales should be the first on any list of wedding gifts.--Dan Ben-Amos, University of Pennsylvania; editor of Folktales of the Jews Who can comprehend God? Who really understands human love? Jewish mystics have long suggested that you can't possibly know one without the other. After reading this fascinating collection, I think they're right--and I yearn even more for that sweetness, human and divine.--Jon M. Sweeney, author of When Saint Francis Saved the Church and The Pope Who Quit Jewish Stories of Love and Marriage includes everything from love letters and folktales to how to write the story of your own love and marriage! It is beautifully and uniquely imagined and assembled.--Dan Wakefield, author of The Story of Your Life: Writing a Spiritual Autobiography This lovely book of stories about love and marriage from biblical times to the present is inspiring and hopeful. It would make a delightful gift for new couples and anniversary celebrations, yet will be equally helpful to clergy and seminarians.--Rev. Debra W. Haffner, president, Religious Institute A unique celebration of love in Jewish stories, Jewish lives, and Jewish letters through the ages, this collection will delight readers at various stages of the love cycle. Anticipating that its rich content will stimulate readers to want to record their personal love story or offer their own perspective on this enduring theme, the authors provide a handy set of questions, prompts, and suggestions to get them started.--Gail Reimer, founding director, Jewish Women's Archive