On Sukkot and Simchat Torah

On Sukkot and Simchat Torah

by Cathy Goldberg Fishman, Melanie Hall

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Publishers Weekly
Children's Religion NOTES As in their five previous outings (On Hanukkah, etc.), Cathy Goldberg Fishman and illustrator Melanie Hall introduce the symbols, meanings and traditions of Jewish holidays via one family's celebration in On Sukkot and Simchat Torah. The text's reverent, friendly tone and the warmly hued mixed-media collographs distinguish this from similar holiday fare. The book includes a glossary of Hebrew words. Copyright 2006 Reed Business Information.
School Library Journal
Gr 1-5-A proud girl relates the busy goings-on around her house in preparation for two Jewish holidays that occur in the fall. More an explanation of the observances than a story, the book would be most useful in (non-Orthodox) Jewish schools or with children interested in learning about various religious and family rituals. The text is well written, and the general warmth of the family gatherings and pride of faith show through. Most touching is the scene of the narrator imagining her biblical ancestors sitting beside her in the outdoor sukkah as she eats at the table in the "cool night breeze." The lovely, muted pastel illustrations are an excellent accompaniment to the lyrical text. There is a scarcity of children's books dealing with these two celebrations, so it is a pleasure to see such a fine one.-Lisa Silverman, Sinai Temple Library, Los Angeles Copyright 2006 Reed Business Information.

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Lerner Publishing Group
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Product dimensions:
8.10(w) x 10.10(h) x 0.40(d)
Age Range:
4 - 8 Years

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On Sukkot and Simchat Torah

By Cathy Goldberg Fishman, Melanie Hall

Kar-Ben Publishing

Copyright © 2006 Cathy Goldberg Fishman
All rights reserved.
ISBN: 978-1-58013-166-7


"Who wants to help?" my father asks, as he drags long pieces of wood into the yard.

"We do!" we all shout.

Yom Kippur is over and it is time to get ready for Sukkot, the Festival of Booths.

My brother and Is tart to nail the wood together.

"This sukkah will help us remember that we lived in small shelters when we escaped from Egypt," my mother reminds us.

"It is a mitzvah to sit and eat in the sukkah," my grandfather adds.

My mother and sisters hang canvas from the frame to make walls. My father and grandfather place corns talks and pine branches on top. We hang fruit from the leafy roof and paint pictures on the walls. We put up lights and bring in tables and chairs.

It feels good to be busy after the thoughtful stillness of Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur.

We gather in the sukkah on the eve of the holiday. My grandfather explains the custom of ushpizin, inviting our Biblical ancestors to join us each night of the holiday. "Tonight, we are inviting Abraham and Sarah," he tells us.

"Come in, holy guests, Please join us in our sukkah. Please come in patriarchs, Enter matriarchs. Take your place with us And join us a tour meal."

I imagine them walking into the sukkah and sitting beside me as we eat.


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