The Rab­bi and His Donkey

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By – April 4, 2023

Rab­bi Moses Mai­monides, a schol­ar and physi­cian, and Hamor, his old don­key, make an unlike­ly pair. They both ben­e­fit from their dai­ly trav­els between Rab­bi Mai­monides’ home and the palace of the Sul­tan. The rabbi’s con­tri­bu­tions to these jour­neys are, not sur­pris­ing­ly, full of bril­liant insights. But what does his old, slow, sway-backed steed con­tribute to this priv­i­leged conversation?

The unex­pect­ed end­ing of this sto­ry is sen­si­tive, thought-pro­vok­ing, and enter­tain­ing for both chil­dren and adults. The earth-tone illus­tra­tions are charm­ing and invoke the duo’s time and place. A his­tor­i­cal note fur­ther edu­cat­ing read­ers about Mai­monides is appended.

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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