There Once Was a Man From Canaan: The Five Books of Limerick

Rab­bi Joe Black; Eddie Goldfine , illus.
  • From the Publisher
May 8, 2015

This book by Rab­bi Joe Black has a lim­er­ick for every Torah por­tion. As a song­writer and musi­cian, Rab­bi Black has always found lim­er­icks to be a won­der­ful blend of sto­ry­telling, rhythm and rhyme. As a rab­bi, the chal­lenge of find­ing five per­fect lines of poet­ry to encap­su­late every por­tion in the year­ly cycle of Torah read­ings became some­thing of an obses­sion for him as he approached his 25th year on the pul­pit. He start­ed shar­ing them with friends and post­ing them on social media. Soon, oth­er peo­ple began post­ing their lim­er­icks in response. After receiv­ing sev­er­al requests to pub­lish them in book form, he final­ly gave in. 

Some of these lim­er­icks sim­ply tell a sto­ry. Oth­ers refer to midrashic and Tal­mu­dic pas­sages. Some por­tions have only one Lim­er­ick — oth­ers have two or three.

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