Seekers of Meaning 6/16/2023: Rabbi Zoe Klein, author of “Candle, Feather, Wooden Spoon”

On this week’s episode of the Seekers of Meaning TV Show and Podcast, Rabbi Zoe Klein, senior rabbi of Temple Isaiah, Los Angeles, CA, discusses her book, Candle, Feather, Wooden Spoon, a collection of original Jewish short stories.

Candle, Feather, Wooden Spoon invites readers on a magical, mystical journey. With settings both traditional and contemporary, the stories each highlight an essential aspect of living a meaningful Jewish life.

Appropriate for all ages, the many tales include “Time Palace,” a legend of how the Jewish people created Shabbat; “Yofiel,” the story of an angel who keeps revealing the secrets of Torah; “Shalom Bayit,” imagining the chuppah as a metaphor for powerful social change; and “Candle, Feather, Wooden Spoon,” which reframes these traditional Passover objects as tools for intergenerational healing.

Whether you’re a rabbi, cantor, or educator-the storytellers of our community-or just a lover of stories, this book is sure to stir your heart and inspire your spirit.

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About the Guest

Rabbi Zoë Klein

Rabbi Zoë Klein Miles serves Temple Isaiah in Los Angeles, California, where she brings her unique blend of innovation, tradition, creativity, and wisdom. She pursued the rabbinate out of a passion for ancient texts, mythology, liturgy, and poetry. Rabbi Klein Miles’ most recent book is the collection of short stories Candle, Feather, Wooden Spoon (CCAR Press, 2023) about which Kirkus Reviews wrote, “Klein presents a collection of original Jewish parables for all ages, told in the tradition of rabbinic legends and folktales. … Lovely and entertaining folklore and parables that can proudly stand beside others in their tradition.” She is also the author of the novel Drawing in the Dust (Gallery Books, 2009) of which Publishers Weekly wrote, “Insight into the world of biblical excavation in Israel raises Rabbi Klein’s debut novel from a Jewish Da Vinci Code to an emotionally rich story of personal and historical discovery.” Drawing in the Dust has been published in five countries. Rabbi Klein Miles’ other books include the children’s story The Goblins of Knottingham: A History of Challah (Apples & Honey, 2017) and The Scroll of Anatiya (Wipf and Stock, 2009). Rabbi Klein Miles’s writing is included in The Torah: A Women’s Commentary, Teen Texts, Holy Ground: A Gathering of Voices on Caring for Creation, The Sacred Exchange: Creating a Jewish Money Ethic, and more. Her poems and prayers are used in houses of prayer around the world.

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