The Jar of Tears is a full length storytelling performance by Maggid David Arfa based on the life and words of Rabbi Kalonymus Kalman Shapiro. Rabbi Shapiro wrote sermons while confined in the ghetto and slowly developed a creative theology of weeping. He buried his sermons in a milk jug, and though the Rabbi did not survive the war, his sermons did. These sermons portray his depth and unflinching honesty as he strove with all his heart to remain connected with the Ribono Shel Olam, the Master of the World.
Maggid David writes: "Rabbi Shapiro expands the notion of resistance for me, expanding the circle way beyond physical revolt. I see his work as active, fierce resistance of the strongest kind. Using the power of his pen; of his speech, he named his deepest truths. This became the shield that prevented destruction from within, for him and for his community whom he spiritually nourished." The Jar of Tears won the Cohen Center's Hildebrandt Award for its artistic excellence, technical mastery and depth of vision.