Tales of Nurturing Men
Are men in folk tales always competitive, brutish and domineering? Here are six Jewish, Sufi, Irish and Appalachian stories that portray men and male images with their true strength intact.
Through magic and music, boldness and bear-hugs, these men share, enlighten, and triumph.
- How I Learned to Study Torah
- An apparently fierce rabbi motivates an unwilling student through affection.
- The Man Who Had No Story
- An Irish traveller has a dream-like meeting with a magical but supportive old man--and learns confidence in his own story.
- The Sword of Wood
- A poor, peace-loving man outwits the king's attempts to force him into despair and violence, and is made the king's adviser.
- Mayn Yingele (My Little Boy)
- In this translation of a song by Yiddish poet Morris Rosenfeld, a working father expresses his grief for what he misses of his son's life.
- The Dervish in the Ditch
- Having been run into a ditch by a wealthy man's carriage, a Persian holy man gives a surprisingly loving response.
- Jack and the Bull
- At the heart of this Appalachian tale is the image of the Bull--strong, nurturing, and yet helping Jack achieve his independence.