Life in Chelm (live at Limmud)

“The Challah that Ate Chelm” is one of my oldest and most favorite stories…

Life in Chelm - (Live at Limmud) - audio book coverFriday is #challahday — and I’ve been baking for years. But when I started, it was a disaster. “The Challah that Ate Chelm” is a story that grew from an early baking disaster.

Last Sunday, I had the honor of being part of the Jewish Storytelling Coalition’s performance at Limmud Boston. We recorded the live show, and this is an energetic (and brief) version of the tale.

It’s up on many audio services — links below with more coming.

In the mean time, if you’re in Rhode Island, come by my studio/ office/ bookshop during the Farmer’s Market at Hope Artiste Village in Pawtucket. I’m on the second floor in suite 1212.

Or support the work by purchasing some of my books and audio, like A Hanukkah Present* There are twelve stories, enough for every night of Chanukah and then some. It’s also on Amazon, iBooks, and Google Play Books, or you can the whole “Life in Chelm ebundle

And finally, if you’d like to become a patron — and get early notification and exclusive stories — and support the arts, become a patron!

Happy Holidays!
—Mark Binder


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Loki Ragnarok – the Viking Armageddon

Who says Odin and Thor are heroes?

The day before the #MarvelUniverse dropped #ThorRagnarok, Loki finally squeezed his story out. This is NOT a tale for children.

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Loki Ragnarok (The Viking Armageddon retold by the trickster)


They broke into his home. They kidnapped his children. Left his wife bound and gagged on the floor, where she choked and died. He had once helped them, been their friend and blood brother. The story of Loki echoes the cycles of violence and revenge playing out across our world. Told with a blend of poetry and prose, humor and horror, it offers no solution — but a glimmer, perhaps of understanding and compassion.

LOKI RAGNAROK is the Viking Armageddon retold by the trickster. In the shadow of prophecy, a family is torn asunder, leading to betrayal, torture, madness and revenge.

“For nearly a thousand years, the tale of Ragnarok – the Norse myth of Apocalypse – has painted Loki as a Satan-like evil. With a fast-paced blend of prose and poetry, award-winning author Mark Binder offers an epic revision of the Eddas with modern resonance.”
– Duval, Between Myth, Lies, and History


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