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Every episode of Have I Got a Story For You takes a classic Jewish folk tale and gives it a modern twist. You can explore episodes here and if you find one you really like, be sure to click on the episode page to find activities, book lists, and keep the fun going.

Episodes

Bonus Episode - Where are They Now?

Surprise! It's a bonus episode of Have I Got a Story For You!  Today Rita Toomey catches up with Isaac and Chef from episode 9, "The Missing Ingredient." Are they still cooking together? Or has Isaac returned to his old grumpy, lonely self? We'll find out all of this plus hear voicemails from listeners!


Season 1: Episode 9

The Missing Ingredient

Isaac has everything - a sprawling mansion, a private chef, a sweet car... but he can't figure out how his friend Ruthie, who lives in a small one-room home, makes the best food he's ever eaten. Isaac sets out to discover the missing ingredient and in the end finds so much more


Season 1: Episode 8

Special Agent: David King

David King is a nine year-old special agent in the midst of a quest for... something. Who is he running from? Why? And what happened to cousin Jen, the previous game champion? And why are big brothers so sneaky?


Season 1: Episode 7

Miracle Bread

Harry and Betty don't have much, but they have each other and their community. The couple don't want anyone in their cul de sac worrying about their lack of challah on Friday nights, so they design a very creative ruse -- but one day, something positively magical happens and transforms Harry and Betty's Shabbat dinners and neighborhood.


Season 1: Episode 6

Rena's Restaurant Reviews

Jake and Mischa are best friends eating at their favorite restaurant when Rena, the coolest food vlogger on SuperTube enters. When the restaurant owner is cruel to a poor man, Craig, Rena intervenes to teach everyone what it means to be a mensch. This story is inspired by a folk tale about Joha, a cunning character, and a poor beggar. Joha is a popular trickster figure in Sephardic Jewish folk tales, but he also shows up in Arabic stories and other traditions as well. In our story, Rena has the savvy and cunning of Joha and uses her wit to help others, including the cranky burger joint owner, Robbie.


Season 1: Episode 5

Yitzi the Trusty Tractor

Sarah gets a lot of work done with the help of her trusty tractor, Yitzi. And every Friday night they rest in the fields together to enjoy Shabbat. When times get tough, Sarah has to sell Yitzi. Luckily her best friend, Farmer Madge, buys him -- but what happens when Yitzi wants to power down for Shabbat and Madge wants to keep working?


Season 1: Episode 4

A Whisker of Magic

Mara and Malka are sisters with a lot in common, including a tendency to lose their tempers. To help the girls get along, Mama Mouse sends them on an epic quest. Will the sisters find shalom bayit? Will they steal a whisker from a cat? Will Mama ever buy them that new smoothie maker? Find out in this episode.


Season 1: Episode 3

Moon Station One

It's 70 years in the future and Judi and Daniel are tasked with helping NASA's most brilliant, but curmeoudgenly, scientist, Doctor Michael J. Epstein as he manages Moon Station One. Dr. Epstein thinks Moon Station One is too crowded with eight other people living there and talking while they do work. And his room doesn't feel spacious enough. Judi and Daniel enact something called "Epsilon Protocol" to help Dr. Epstein feel more "at home" and hilarity ensues.

In this week's episode we learn about a Jewish value called hakarat hatov or recognizing the good. Basically, hakarat hatov is about gratitude and being happy with what we have. 


Season 1: Episode 2

The Truth About Cats and Dogs

Cat and Dog are best friends, but one day Cat decides to live in a house with Adam and Eve. When Dog decides to join Cat, the friends have their very first disagreement. This episode is based on a story from a very old book called The Alphabet of Ben Sira.