In addition, I told the following tale,
called "The Dubner Maggid", as retold by Eric A. Kimmel
in his delightful book "The Spotted Pony:
This book is one of those gems you
come across in the library while
looking for something entirely different, which sends you off in a delicious folkloric tailspin.
Here is my version, as told at Toscanini's in Central Square, after one of their sublime micro-sundaes (hazelnut ice cream and hot fudge, thank you very much).
While researching this story, I learned not only that the Dubner Maggid was a real historical person, but that the places mentioned by Kimmel - Tarnopol and Dubno, most notably - are real as well. An important reminder that these stories are more than just entertainment (and excellent entertainment at that); they are part of Jewish oral tradition and history, and they need to be remembered and retold.
So often, as a storyteller, my stories teach me. They teach me to laugh and to cry and to think, but most especially to remember.