The Shema in the Mezuzah: Listening to Each Other

The Shema in the Mezuzah: Listening to Each Other

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The Shema in the Mezuzah: Listening to Each Other by Sandy Eisenberg Sasso, Joani Keller Rothenberg

In a divided world, where the one who shouts the loudest often gets the most attention, a story about compromise and listening.

"Standing UP!" "Lying DOWN!"

What were the people to do? They decided to ask the rabbi of the town. "What are we to do?" they asked. “Shall we put the mezuzah standing up or lying down?”

The townspeople have mezuzahs but cannot agree on how to put them up on their doorways. Should they place them horizontally or vertically, standing up or lying down? To end their arguing, they consult the wise rabbi of the town, who advises them to carefully read the Shema in the mezuzah to find the answer. With this lively tale, based on a twelfth-century rabbinic debate, best-selling, award-winning children's author Sandy Eisenberg Sasso helps young people discover that there is often more than one solution to a problem, and that living together and creating “home” requires cooperation and listening to one another.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781580235068
Publisher: Turner Publishing Company
Publication date: 08/23/2012
Pages: 32
Sales rank: 1,265,165
Product dimensions: 9.10(w) x 12.10(h) x 0.40(d)
Age Range: 5 - 6 Years

About the Author

Rabbi Sandy Eisenberg Sasso, a parent, spiritual leader and storyteller, is the award-winning author of God's Paintbrush , In God's Name , God In Between and many other inspiring books for children of all faiths and backgrounds. The second woman to be ordained as a rabbi (1974) and the first rabbi to become a mother, she and her husband, Dennis, were the first rabbinical couple to jointly lead a congregation—Beth-El Zedeck in Indianapolis. They have two children, David and Debora, and three grandchildren. Sasso, who holds a doctorate in ministry, is active in the interfaith community, and has written and lectured on the renewal of spirituality and the discovery of the religious imagination in children of all faiths.

Rabbi Sandy Eisenberg Sasso is available to speak on the following topics:

  • Nurturing the Spiritual Imagination of Children
  • Tell Me a Story: Reading the Bible and the Religious Imagination of Children
  • Filling in the Blanks: How Women Read the Bible
  • Women and Judaism: A Personal Journey
  • Midrash as a Tool for Spiritual Reflection

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Joani Keller Rothenberg is illustrator of Adam and Eve's First Sunset: God's New Day and other children’s books. She earned a master’s degree in art therapy from Leslie College and works extensively with children as an art therapist and as a muralist. She has four children and lives in Indianapolis.

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