Tell me about the vignettes.
As a rule, I come up with an image for the week’s Sabbath Bee while singing L’kha Dodi on Friday night. Somewhere between the first and last lines, inspiration always strikes. The Sabbath Bee of the week will appear, full-formed and ready to be written. Unfortunately, by the time I actually write it down—usually Sunday afternoon—I practically have to make up the story again from scratch. To make each week’s Shabbat feel like a word picture, or a brief moment in time, I restrict my entries to 150 words each, not including the titles. My goal is to keep them short and readable, somewhere in the grey area between poetry and prose. (Note: Each entry is back-dated to the Friday when the action took place.)