The Feather Merchants

retold by Steve Sanfield

Read by Leonard Nimoy

The great Jerry Stiller introduces this our first monthly monsa featuring the famed wise men of Chelm. In this classic tale, Avrum and Ruven enter the world of commerce and the town learns the truth behind Emily Dickinson’s poem:

Hope is the thing with feathers
That perches in the soul
And sings the tune without the words
And never stops at all.

For more Chelm stories in the original, check out Y.Y. Trunk’s Wise Men of Chelm.

This story was originally recorded as part of the series One People, Many Stories, produced by the Jewish Community Library of Los Angeles, ListenUp radio, Johanna Cooper, and Abbie Phillips.