Mighty Mic­ah

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By – March 18, 2024

It’s the hol­i­day of Purim, and a large, pow­er­ful-sound­ing grager gives a small ele­men­tary school boy a strong sense of secu­ri­ty. Mic­ah feels mighty and con­fi­dent when he holds it in his hands and hears the fab­u­lous noise it can pro­duce. He knows the grager will sub­due the fright­en­ing bul­lies in his life, the same way it was used to van­quish the name of evil Haman. 

Rev­el­ing in how safe he is with this mag­nif­i­cent item in his pos­ses­sion, Mic­ah sleeps peace­ful­ly and dreams of fine adven­tures. In the morn­ing, he brings the grager to school, where an under­stand­ing teacher real­izes its pow­er to boost stu­dents’ con­fi­dence. She offers it to the small­est child in the class, who then feels capa­ble and com­pe­tent. Mic­ah dis­cov­ers that true strength comes from inside, and that he can use this knowl­edge to help him­self dur­ing dif­fi­cult times. 

The book’s col­or illus­tra­tions are rem­i­nis­cent of Purim. An author’s note describes the his­to­ry of the hol­i­day and reminds read­ers of the val­ue of stand­ing up to bul­lies. It encour­ages us to think about the things we can do to make each oth­er feel pow­er­ful and safe.

Award-win­ning jour­nal­ist and free­lance writer, Helen Weiss Pin­cus, has taught mem­oir writ­ing and cre­ative writ­ing through­out the NY Metro area to senior cit­i­zens and high school stu­dents. Her work has been pub­lished in The New York Times, The Record, The Jew­ish Stan­dard, and oth­er pub­li­ca­tions. She recent­ly added Bub­by” to her job description.

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