On Shabbat

On Shabbat

by Cathy Goldberg Fishman, Melanie W. Hall
     
 

Every Friday afternoon, as her father comes home with a bouquet of flowers and two loaves of fresh-baked challah bread, a young girl knows it's time for Shabbat, the most important Jewish holiday. Shabbat celebrates the day God rested after creating the heavens, the Earth, and everything on it.

On Shabbat, her family lights the Shabbat candles and

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Overview

Every Friday afternoon, as her father comes home with a bouquet of flowers and two loaves of fresh-baked challah bread, a young girl knows it's time for Shabbat, the most important Jewish holiday. Shabbat celebrates the day God rested after creating the heavens, the Earth, and everything on it.

On Shabbat, her family lights the Shabbat candles and invites the Shabbat Queen to come into her house. They sing songs, receive blessings from each other, and have a special meal. The next morning, they worship at the synagogue, and in the afternoon, they study the Torah and play games. When they see three stars in the sky, it is time for the Havdalah ceremony, which ends Shabbat, and a new week begins.

Cathy Goldberg Fishman's warm text and Melanie W. Hall's bright, sensitive paintings introduce young readers to the rituals of this weekly holiday.

Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature
Traditional Jewish observance of the Sabbath is well-presented in this beautiful book, which does a good job of explaining the differences between this seventh day and the other six days of the week. Preparations for Shabbat are eagerly anticipated by this family, all of whom enjoy the closeness it brings, the opportunity for blessing God and each other, and quiet activities like playing chess, reading stories from the Torah, and asking questions in unlimited time. Purists may question the author's decision to refer to the "bensher," a small booklet containing certain prayers but seldom some of those mentioned in the text, instead of the "siddur," which always has these prayers. And linguists may challenge her pronunciations in the glossary, which see-saw between Ashkenazic and Sephardic transliteration. But the book is worthwhile and entertaining, and the artwork, reminiscent of Chagall in places, is joyous and celebratory. 2001, Atheneum, $16.00. Ages 4 to 8. Reviewer: Judy Chernak
School Library Journal - School Library Journal
K-Gr 3-Fishman follows an observant family through their preparation for the holiday as they put away schoolbooks and briefcases and make ready to welcome the Shabbat Queen. The origins of a variety of rituals are explained through questions the children ask during the course of the celebration. The narrative reads more like nonfiction than a story, but the writing is clear and straightforward. The illustrations are the highlight of this book. The blues and purples of evening juxtaposed with the white and gold of candlelight truly invoke the joy of Shabbat. The expressionistic works are reminiscent of Marc Chagall's work, with central human figures against a tapestry of shapes and Hebrew letters. A good choice for holiday collections.-Martha Link, Louisville Free Public Library, KY Copyright 2001 Cahners Business Information.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780689838941
Publisher:
Atheneum Books for Young Readers
Publication date:
05/01/1901
Edition description:
1 ED
Pages:
40
Product dimensions:
8.32(w) x 10.32(h) x 0.38(d)
Age Range:
5 - 8 Years

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