“As a writer, Binder creates vivid tales that can be read and reread. As a storyteller, his work is vibrant and alive in the moment.”
Fools. Wise men? Wise women.
Visit a place that never existed, but should have.
"Laughing out loud humor… very poignant and sweet"
– Jewish Herald Voice
Read them all in any order
Romance? At their age?
She runs the only restaurant. He's the wisest man in the village. What could possibly go wrong?
"The Lethal Latkes is not a murder mystery. It concerns some awful-tasting latkes (potato pancakes) and what you might call another Hanukkah miracle: love.” – The New York Times
“Village stories that deftly lift a curtain on a world of friendly humor and touching details of Jewish life…. the jokes and human pathos are expertly balanced.” – Kirkus Reviews
“Wisdom is foolish, innocence is poignant, and the complex is simple.” – AudioFile Magazine
"Mark Binder is a masterful storyteller. He holds children, young adults, parents and seniors in rapt attention!"
Storytelling programs are appropriate for an afternoon, morning or evening • Themes include: Humor, Food, Foolishness and Wisdom
Hanukkah • Passover • Rosh Hashanah • New Year's • Sukkot • Tu B'shevat • Bar Mitzvahs
What is Chelm?
Some people say that Chelm is a village of fools.
Mark says that the people of Chelm are misunderstood. Very misunderstood!
Their stories will make you feel warm as you smile, laugh, and maybe understand a little bit more about what makes humans wonderful.
SERIES ORDER (more or less)
- The Brothers Schlemiel (2001)
- A Hanukkah Present (2001)
- Matzah Mishugas (2010)
- The Misadventures of Rabbi Kibbitz and Mrs. Chaipul (2019)
- The Council of Wise Women (TBA!)
These books can be read in any order. While most of the work is appropriate for children and families, The Brothers Schlemiel and The Misadventures are written for adults first and children third or fourth.