Books Not Bombs

A brand new article by Margriet Ruurs about The Institute for Cross-cultural Exchange and me in the Fall Edition of Canadian Teacher Magazine. Aubrey Davis is the Canadian author of such popular books as Bagels from Benny, Bone Button Borscht & The Enormous...

Why don’t you make a pair of boots?

Nasrudin went to a shop of a man who stocked all kinds of bit and pieces. “Have you got nails?” he asked. “Yes.” “And leather, good leather?” “Yes.” “And dye?” “Yes.” “Then why, for Heaven’s sake, don’t you make a pair of boots?” Occasionally I manage to take...

ARE JOKES “SPIRITUAL”?

Spirituality is typically associated with religion, occultism, sacred texts or holy sites. What about jokes? Could they be “spiritual” in some way? The great poet and mystic Jalaludin Rumi thought so. He coined the phrase “Special Illumination” to stress the...

ISRAEL PROVIDES ARAB LANGUAGE BOOKS FOR KIDS

http://bit.ly/Nxywj8 Jewish Book Week 2/26/14 Throughout Israel, 45,000 Arab children (including 100 percent of the kindergarteners) in government preschools are reading “Samsoum the Mouse” as part of a reading-readiness program called Maktabat al-Fanoos, or Lantern...

THE IDRIES SHAH FOUNDATION

http://www.idriesshahfoundation.org/ Called a ‘practical philosophy’ or ‘templates in straight thinking’ – these works represent centuries of Sufi thought aimed at the development of human potential to its fullest extent.They stress virtues such as common sense,...

Kalila and Dimna: Fables of Conflict & Intrigue

Ramsay Wood has spent 30 years reviving Kalila and Dimna, an all but forgotten treasure of world literature. His second installment is as edgy, playful, and thought-provoking as the first.  This Eastern classic is the most translated book in the world after the Bible....