Days of Awe: Stories for Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur

Days of Awe: Stories for Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur

by Eric A. Kimmel, Erika Weihs
     
 

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Three moving tales illustrate the wonder of the Jewish High Holidays. Repentance, Prayer, and Charity--these three concepts are at the heart of Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur. But how can we translate such abstract ideas into everyday life? Three beautifully evocative stories illustrate the meaning of these words and the way they can shape even the humblest act. A

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Three moving tales illustrate the wonder of the Jewish High Holidays. Repentance, Prayer, and Charity--these three concepts are at the heart of Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur. But how can we translate such abstract ideas into everyday life? Three beautifully evocative stories illustrate the meaning of these words and the way they can shape even the humblest act. A beggar learns the value of lifting the bitter stone of malice from his heart. A shepherd sees that even the simplest song chanted in a field can be equal to the prayers of the most learned rabbi. And a generous couple discovered the miracles that result from a freely bestowed act of kindness.

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
In Judaism, Rosh Hashanah (the ``Beginning of the Year''), Yom Kippur (the ``Day of Atonement'') and the 10 days in between make up the High Holidays, or Yamin Noraim,the so-called Days of Awe. This collection of three stories draws its inspiration from the tales of the Baal Shem Tov, and serves as a moving and meaningful introduction to both the holidays' spiritual messages and the transcendent joy inherent in the Hasidic tradition. Folklorist Kimmel skillfully presents a narrative emblematic of each of the three themes of the Days of Awe--charity, prayer and repentance. Weihs's folksy oil paintings enhance this handsomely produced volume and, together with these resonant retellings, actively invite family sharing. Ages 8-12. (Sept.)
School Library Journal
Gr 3-6-- Kimmel gracefully explains the holidays for general readers, and then offers three tales charmingly adapted from traditional sources. Accompanied by Weihs's luminous paintings, each selection is preceded by a brief paragraph that provides some background and insight. In ``The Samovar,'' the wife of a poor glovemaker is visited by the prophet Elijah, who asks that she care for his samovar until his return. The samovar's tarnish, which had not yielded to energetic polishing, brightens after each of her acts of charity. ``The Shepherd: A Story about Prayer,'' which appears in Barbara Cohen's Yussel's Prayer (Lothrop, 1981), illustrates how God values prayers that come from the heart more than those of learned, but less pious, men. ``Rabbi Eleazar and the Beggar'' demonstrates that ``to err is human; to forgive, divine.'' --Marcia Posner, Federation of New York and the Jewish Book Council, New York City

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780670827725
Publisher:
Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date:
09/01/1991
Pages:
48
Product dimensions:
9.22(w) x 7.68(h) x 0.39(d)
Age Range:
9 - 12 Years

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