Sunday, October 2, 2011

The Rabbi and the Donkey

My father came to refer to my picture book texts as ‘Rabbi & Donkey’ stories. I have never written a picture book with a Rabbi in it, and while my father was alive and reading my stories, none had talking animals.

‘Rabbi  & Donkey’ was my father’s code-name for all picture books. He liked my longer books better. It was our inside joke.

So for Yom Kippur the year before he passed away, I wrote, just for him, my first and only Rabbi and Donkey story.

Yom Kippur this year is fast approaching. I want to share with you my gift to my father. It is as short as it is goofy, and he liked it.

The Rabbi and the Donkey

By Mirka M. G. Breen

   A Rabbi was walking on a beautiful sunny day to Yom Kippur services, when he saw a donkey on the side of the road. The donkey was looking decidedly gloomy.

“Why such a long face?” said the Rabbi to the donkey.

 “I’m a donkey, that’s the way my face is,” answered the donkey.

“Don’t be such a smart ass," said the Rabbi. “I’m just trying to help.”

“I can’t help being an ass,” said the donkey.

The rabbi scratched his beard, then his face lit up. “None of us can help being what we are. No atonement for that. But we can help what we do, and for that we must atone. Thank you, Donkey! You just gave the Yom Kippur sermon,” he said.

 “And you just gave me a reason to be gloomy,” said the donkey. “I always dreamt I would be a race horse when I grew up.”
{Written on Yom Kippur 5769, especially for Abraham Golek}


Betsy J said...

This is absolutely delightful, Mirka. I hope your father liked it as much as I do!

Diane Kress Hower said...

Mirka -

I had a smile on my face the whole time reading this. What a great story and gift to your father!

Evelyn said...

What fun, Mirka! I can see why your father enjoyed it. I did, too. I'm glad you wrote it, and glad you shared it with both your father and with us.

Tina Cho said...

Very cute! Perhaps this can turn into a little series! What a great gift to your father!

Ruth Schiffmann said...

Great little piece! Thanks for sharing it.

Marcia said...

Such fun. Thanks for sharing!

Angela Ackerman said...

Haha, short and cute--I think your dad will love it!

Angela @ The Bookshelf muse

Jeremy Bates said...

What a lovely and funny story! I know your dad like it!;)