Sharing Blessings: Children's Stories for Exploring the Spirit of the Jewish Holidays

Overview

What is the spiritual message of each of the Jewish holidays?
How do we teach it to our children?

Many books tell children about the historical significance and customs of the holidays. Now, through engaging, creative stories about one family's spiritual preparation, Sharing Blessings explores ways to get into the spirit of the holidays all year long.

Musleah, mother and journalist, and Klayman, father and ...

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Sharing Blessings: Children's Stories for Exploring the Spirit of the Jewish Holidays

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Overview

What is the spiritual message of each of the Jewish holidays?
How do we teach it to our children?

Many books tell children about the historical significance and customs of the holidays. Now, through engaging, creative stories about one family's spiritual preparation, Sharing Blessings explores ways to get into the spirit of the holidays all year long.

Musleah, mother and journalist, and Klayman, father and rabbi, gently give our children the spiritual message and help adult and child explore it together. For 13 different holidays and festivals, there is a story about David, Ilana, and their mom and dad�a story focusing on the spiritual value embodied in each holiday.

Being afraid of the dark, taking a walk in the woods with Grandpa, arguments between David and Ilana, sharing family photos; all become opportunities for learning about how each holiday's meaning is related to our daily life. Each story begins with a brief explanation of the holiday and concludes with a special prayer that child and adult can share to bring the spiritual meaning of the holiday into their own lives.

Shabbat Family • Rosh Hashanah Responsibility • Yom Kippur Prayer • Sukkot Peace • Simchat Torah Joyousness • Hanukkah Convictio • Tu B'Shevat Wonder • Purim Gratitude • Pesach Continuity • Yom Ha-shoah Free Will • Yom Ha-atzma'ut Community • Shavuot Education • Tisha B'Av Rebuilding

Explores the spiritual meaning of each of thirteen Jewish holidays and suggests ways to make these feasts an important part of everyday life.

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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
In this beautifully told and illustrated book about Jewish holidays, writer Musleah and her husband, Rabbi Michael Klayman, offer stories about the ways in which the meanings of those special holy days may be incorporated into everyday life. The book is divided into 13 chapters, each of which focuses on a particular holy day and its meaning. Thus, for Shabbat, the meaning is "family"; for Simchat Torah, the meaning is "joyousness." Each chapter tells a story about how two children, Ilana and David Kedner, come to realize the meaning of a particular holy day. Thus, on Yom Ha-atzma'ut, when the focus is on the community of Israel, the family hears Ilana describe how she has marched that day with her class in a parade for Israel. She learns the meaning of community and tells it to her family. The soft watercolor drawings are bright and, with their inviting colors, draw the reader into Ilana and David's family. Parents and children could not find a better place to begin to share the blessings of the holidays. Ages 6-10. (July)
Children's Literature - Judy Silverman
Rahel Musleah and Rabbi Michael Klayman's Sharing Blessings talks about the meaning of the Jewish holidays in a different way from most other books. It deals with a real family with real children who sometimes misbehave and often don't understand. David and Ilana's parents are real, too, and their impatience with misbehavior is understandable. Their patience in explaining life's quirks and ironies is something that parents reading the book aloud will be able to understand and try to imitate. It includes hints to help make the holidays more meaningful.
School Library Journal
Gr 3-5This chapter book of realistic fiction (or "faction") is designed to teach the Jewish holidays and the values associated with them by tradition and as interpreted by the authors, one of whom is a rabbi. A paragraph describing the holiday introduces the Kedner family (mother, father, son, and daughter) and assorted relatives celebrating or observing it. Despite efforts at informal and lively banter, the narrative tends to be stiff due to the didactic nature of the book. Holidays and values include Shabbat: Sharing Blessings (family); Rosh Hashanah: Being Able to Say "I Did It" (responsibility); Yom Kippur: Talking to God (prayer); Sukkot: Accepting Differences (peace); Simchat Torah: It's Good to Be a Jew (joyousness); Hanukkah: Standing Up for Your Beliefs (conviction); Tu B'Shevat: Caring for Nature (wonder); Purim: Giving Instead of Taking (gratitude); Pesach: "I Was at Sinai" (continuity); Yom Ha-shoah: Why Doesn't God Stop the Bad Guys? (free will); Yom Ha-atzma'ut: We Care About One Another (community); Shavuot: Learning Is Not Just for School (education); and Tisha B'Av: Creating Hope from Despair (rebuilding). Young's bright, realistic watercolors complement the handsome, well-designed volume. It succeeds in effectively teaching Jewish holidays and stresses that values are to live by all year round.Marcia W. Posner, Holocaust Memorial and Educational Center of Nassau County, Glen Cove, NY
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781879045712
  • Publisher: Jewish Lights Publishing
  • Publication date: 3/1/1997
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 64
  • Product dimensions: 8.92 (w) x 11.32 (h) x 0.50 (d)

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