The Wooden Sword | Noa Baum: Rekindling the Power of Jewish Storytelling
A Jewish folktale from Afghanistan, adapted and retold by Noa Baum. Disguised as a beggar, the king slips out of his palace to learn from his people what is the secret of happiness. When he encounters a poor Jewish shoemaker full of faith and joy, the king grows curious and begins to investigate.
Noa grew up in Jerusalem, Israel. In America, she met a Palestinian woman who also grew up in Jerusalem, only on the “other side”. Their friendship inspired her to tell the stories of their families that echo the contradicting national narratives of their people. Noa continues to use the transfor...