“The King” a tradition parable (story) addressing a contemporary concept, rethinking “YOLO”.
ISCNY Imam Mohammed ElFiki was recently invited to present a story as part of the Transformational Storytelling Series organized by program founder Jim Brulé. This platform uses storytelling as a vehicle for fostering interfaith and intra-faith discovery and discourse.
Imam ElFiki’s selected story entitled “The King” is a traditional parable about leadership, greed, and the importance of our deeds.
About Transformational Storytelling
Transformational Storytelling founder and Maggid, Jim Brulé is a co-leader of Temple Concord’s Shabbat-morning minyan and the occasional leader of Shabbat Torah study.
What is a Maggid?
A maggid fills a spiritual role: to draw people to a deeper spirituality/closer to God…. Storytelling is only one way to accomplish the maggid’s goal: inspirational speaking in the form of preaching, leading scriptural study, and even one-on-one conversations are other means to the same end…. Most [ordained maggidim] carry on in the tradition of traveling inspirational speakers, but many also function as pastoral counselors, and some as leaders of congregations.
“the Multifaith Maggidut program is a real opportunity to discover and uncover the richness of Spirit as it infuses our stories – and our lives.” – Jim Brulé
Brulé has been a co-leader of multi-faith groups with Muslims and Christians, separately and combined, in work that continues today. Since his s’micha – ordination – he has traveled around the country telling transformational stories, leading workshops, and maintaining a small number of private students.