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“Have I Got a Story For You!”

Produced by PJ Library, a program of the Harold Grinspoon Foundation, PJ Library sends great, expertly-curated books to families raising Jewish children – every month, for free!  Learn more and sign up at pjlibrary.org.

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

The Passover Pirate

Claire and Jamie open the door to welcome guests to their seder and Rita Toomey walks in – followed by a pirate! Find out what happens when a bearded scallywag leads the hunt for the afikomen.


Sweet-Town Rivals

Life is perfect for the candy-loving fairies of Sweet-Town! Well, except for the presence of a colony of stinky, mushroom-loving trolls at the edge of the neighborhood. Fairies and trolls have never gotten along – that’s just the way it is. But a young fairy Aviva wonders, why? And why can’t things change?


The Passover Story for Kids (mini-sode)

For centuries, families have used a book called the Haggadah, to tell the story of Passover and pass down the traditions and lessons of the story to their children, relatives, and friends.

Because there is explicit suffering and death in the Passover narrative, it is not always an easy story to tell. In this mini-episode special, PJ Library shares a simple, sweet, child-friendly version of the story of Passover, adapted from Exodus.


The Purim Story For Kids

Purim is a holiday marked by joyous activities. We dress up in our favorite costumes, share gifts of food with friends, give charity to those in need, have a festive meal with family and friends, and read a story (PJ Library’s favorite activity) – specifically, the story of Queen Esther – together.

The story behind Purim isn’t exactly family-friendly though – so Rita Toomey and Al the audio engineer find a way to tell a version of the Purim story that works for all ages and audiences


Bonus Episode - The Hanukkah Story (for kids!)

In the final episode of Season 1, Rita Toomey shares the story of Hanukkah with Al, the sound engineer. Listen in for a humorous, and kid-friendly, version of the miracle of Hanukkah and the triumph of the Maccabees. As a bonus, your family will also find a quick guide on how to say the Hanukkah blessings, in Hebrew and English, at the end of the episode. For videos of the blessings, check out the VIDEOS section of the PJ Library Hanukkah hub. 


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.