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The Western Wall

The Western Wall

by Mandy Ross

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Children's Literature
The Western Wall is all that is left of a great Jewish temple in Jerusalem built three thousand years ago by King Solomon. It was attacked and rebuilt twice and finally destroyed by the Romans in 70 C.E. (Common Era � which is used throughout the series along with B.C.E. as an alternative to B.C. or A.D. which are specifically Christian terms). The book explains what Jews do at the Wall, including regular prayers, dancing on Friday nights, reading from the Torah and especially celebrating Bar and Bat Mitzvah services for 13-year-old boys and girls. One 13-year old English boy writes a brief but moving account of his Bar Mitzvah at the Wall. The importance of Jerusalem and the shared roots of Christian, Muslim and Jewish faiths are emphasized in all the books of this series. The series, "Holy Places," covers Bodh Gaya, Mecca, The Ganges, The Golden Temple, and The Vatican�all holy places used to help explain each faith. The quality and breadth of each book in the series varies and unfortunately, there are no expert consultants or any indication that anyone practicing each faith has reviewed the accuracy of the information. But the text is simple with an appealing presentation, complimented by numerous interesting photos and small boxes of additional information. The glossary and index are thorough, but easy to use and understand. This is a good series for teachers to use when they would like to explain various holidays and practices of students in our increasingly multi-ethnic schools. 2003, Raintree,
— Karen Leggett

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Heinemann Library
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Holy Places Series
Age Range:
7 - 9 Years

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