The Tigers and the Kitty Cats
Some people believe that the way to change the world is to work on changing yourself and by becoming a part of a community that separates itself from the rest of the world. Others think that you can change yourself and the world by coming closer to others in different communities. These are two different ways of looking at what our job is in this world. My Bubie believes that a community that separates itself from other communities can be dangerous because the Jewish people have a role to bring light to ourselves and to others. A community that wants to separate from everyone lives in darkness. We are a people who are not afraid to disagree, to have arguments and to make compromises. It is part of our tradition. Sometimes something or someplace that may seem good is actually very bad. The next story is about a community that lives in darkness, which my Bubie says we must reject. Of course these are only kitty cats.
Sometimes we like to play tricks and games that we think are fun or funny. My Bubie loves to laugh but she also does not like to see people get hurt. Bubie says that a game that causes someone to feel badly or embarrassed or worried is not really a fun game. Not being sensitive to other people’s feelings is not a good character trait to have. I try to be sensitive but I am still young and sometimes what I think is funny, may not be funny to adults, as you will see in the next story.
My Bubie believes that all people have many things in common with one another, especially women. She likes to tell us stories about characters, who travel to many places to learn new things, meet new people and have adventures. However, wherever the people in our Bubie’s stories go, they find out more things that they share with others than the things that are different. The next story is about Rivki, who travels before she is ready to get married. She is curious about every place and every person. Someday maybe I too will travel places, perhaps even with my Bubie!
The King and the Shoemaker
Sometimes my Bubie lets me help her write her stories. She asks me questions in the middle of her stories and depending on how I answer, she continues the story. This is fun for me and also fun for her, I think. The next story comes out of my desire and my sisters’ desire to have lots of shoes. My Bubie and Zada buy us shoes for Rosh Hashanah (Jewish New Year) and Pesach (Passover). Sometimes, if my shoes break or become uncomfortable, I can convince my Bubie to buy me another pair at another time and of course this means that all of the grandchildren will get new shoes a third time during the year!