Tag Archives: Storahtelling

Circumcision and the 7 Year Old

Shawn Shafner
May 13, 2013

How do you teach a 1st grade class about the brit of circumcision? The very idea fills one with panic. There are penises involved, and they go from being one way to being another. Do you show diagrams, or snip the tip off a banana? And the snipping itself. How does one engage children on More »


Desperately Seeking the Sacred

Shawn Shafner
October 18, 2012

In the repurposed suburban box home where my Hebrew school used to meet, I was taught that God is everywhere. But when I looked around that shul, I didn’t find much that brought me closer to the divine, in the sense of authentic experience. That’s not to say that it was completely devoid of experiences. More »