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Blessing of a Skinned Knee: Using Jewish Teachings to Raise Self Reliant Children
Wendy Mogel
0142196002
November 2001
Paperback
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From Publishers Weekly
Frustrated with a therapeutic practice that "shifted too frequently to be an anchor" for parents struggling with issues like overindulgence and overscheduling, clinical psychologist Mogel turned to her religious heritage for ways to help her clients and her own family "find grace and security" in an increasingly complex world. "In the time-tested lessons of Judaism, I discovered insights and practical tools that spoke directly to these issues," writes Mogel, who left her psychology practice in order "to help parents look at their children's anxieties and desires using a different lens." Digging into the rich traditions of the Torah, the Talmud and other Jewish teachings, Mogel builds a parenting blueprint that draws on core spiritual values relevant to families of all faiths. With warmth and humor, she offers...


The Children of Abraham
F. E. Peters
0691120412
Aug 2004
Hardcover
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Review
Jewish Book World : F.E. Peters' revision of this important, accessible discussion of the Judeo-Christian-Islamic tradition is a welcome contribution for a new generation.

Review
William A. Graham, Dean, Harvard Divinity School : I know of no more measured and thoughtful historical survey of the formative development of the conjoined tradition of Jewish, Christian, and Islamic thought and practice than this one.
Jack Miles, author of "God: A Biography and Christ: A Crisis in the Life of God" : The Children of Abraham is a concise introduction to the work of a scholar who thinks about every aspect of Judaism, Christianity, or Islam 'in triplicate.' This new edition deserves a warm welcome.
Jane Dammen McAuliffe, general editor of the "Encyclopaedia of the Qur'an" :...


Six Million Paper Clips: The Making Of A Children's Holocaust Memorial
Peter W. Schroeder, Dagmar Schroeder-Hildebrand
158013176X
November 1, 2004
Paperback
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From School Library Journal
Grade 4-8 -With clear and concise language, color photographs, and an attractive layout, this book tells the inspiring and touching story of the teachers, students, and community of Whitwell Middle School in Tennessee, and their quest to understand and teach about the Holocaust. The authors, White House correspondents for a group of German newspapers, helped the school publicize the project to collect six million paper clips to show just how many people were murdered and obtained a German railcar to house them. The book includes a lot of quotes and behind-the-scenes information. Footnotes help to define unfamiliar terms. While the book mentions The Diary of Anne Frank, Livia Bitton-Jackson's I Have Lived a Thousand Years: Growing Up in the Holocaust (S & S, 1997), and Hana Volavkova's I Never Saw Another...


Surviving Hitler: A Boy in the Nazi Death Camps
Andrea Warren
0060007672
September 2002
Paperback
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From School Library Journal
Gr 5-8-Through the words and memories of Jack Mandelbaum, Warren presents a harrowing account of a Jewish boy's experience in Nazi prison camps. Mandelbaum had lived a comfortable life with his family in Gdynia, Poland, until the German invasion forced them to flee to a relative's village in 1939. Later, when the Jews were sent to concentration camps, the 12-year-old became separated from the rest of his family and wound up in the Blechhammer camp. By describing events through the boy's voice, the author does an excellent job of letting his words carry the power of the story. She avoids historical analysis, sticking to Mandelbaum's experiences, and brings readers into the nightmarish world of the concentration camp with a strong feeling of immediacy. As with many stories of great suffering, some of the minor...


Children of Abraham
Reuven Firestone
0881257206
Apr 2001
Paperback
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From Publishers Weekly
To enhance mutual understanding between Jews and Muslims, Firestone, a rabbi and professor of medieval Judaism and Islam at Hebrew Union College, discusses the theological and moral similarities between the religions, underscores the gap between religion and politics, and emphasizes issues of concern to Muslims. He divides his introduction into three parts: a survey of Jewish history from biblical through modern times; God, Torah and Israel; and Jewish practice, including prayer, the calendar and the life cycle. Many of his explanations tiptoe around Arab sensibilities. "In Jewish tradition," he writes, "the term Israel does not refer to a land or a modern nation-state but to a people. The official name of the modern Jewish state is the state of Israel, meaning the state of the people of Israel...." The concept...


The Jewish Child's First Book of Why
Alfred J. Kolatch, Harry Araten (Illustrator)
0824603540
January 1, 1992
Hardcover
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Judaica Book News
"Charming, colorful, and entertaining."

Book Description
In direct and simple language, Rabbi Kolatch explains the significance of some of the most fascinating traditions and customs of Judaism and introduces the child to the major and minor holidays in the Jewish calendar. The text is enhanced by the lively full-color illustrations of one of Israels leading contemporary artists. For ages four and up.

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The Death and Resurrection of the Beloved Son
Jon Douglas Levenson
0300065116
Aug 1995
Paperback
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Book Description
The near-sacrifice and miraculous restoration of a beloved son is a central but largely overlooked theme in both Judaism and Christianity, celebrated in biblical texts on Isaac, Ishmael, Jacob, Joseph, and Jesus. In this highly original book, Jon D. Levenson explores how this notion of child sacrifice constitutes an overlooked bond between the two religions.


The Diary of Anne Frank (The Definitive Edition)
Anne Frank
0553577123
March 1997
Mass Market Paperback
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Book Review
Anne Frank's diaries have always been among the most moving and eloquent documents of the Holocaust. This new edition restores diary entries omitted from the original edition, revealing a new depth to Anne's dreams, irritations, hardships, and passions. Anne emerges as more real, more human, and more vital than ever. If you've never read this remarkable autobiography, do so. If you have read it, you owe it to yourself to read it again. --This text refers to the Paperback edition.

From Publishers Weekly
This startling new edition of Dutch Jewish teenager Anne Frank's classic diary?written in an Amsterdam warehouse, where for two years she hid from the Nazis with her family and friends?contains approximately 30% more material than the original 1947 edition. It...


A Family Haggadah II: All New Commentary
Shoshana Silberman
0929371968
March 1997
Paperback
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Book Description
Clear, easy-to-follow text like the original Family Haggadah with all new commentary and discussion questions geared to pre-teens through adult. Includes full birkat hamazon (blessing after meals.)

Language Notes
Text: English, Hebrew

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The Passover Seder
Emily Sper
0439443121
February 1, 2003
Hardcover
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Publishers Weekly, February 24, 2003
Clever paper engineering turns The Passover Seder into interactive educational fun. Bold yet polished graphics ensure a strong visual appeal.

Childrenslit.com
A good read-aloud all year round...to remind children of the celebration that will come again each spring.

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The Artscroll Children's Haggadah (Artscroll Youth Series)
Shmuel Blitz
1578191378
March 2000
Paperback
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The Children We Remember
Chana Byers Abells
0064437779
March 2002
Paperback
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From Publishers Weekly
This pictorial account uses a chronological organization, beginning with "Before the Nazis... some children lived in towns like this," showing ordinary settings. Later, children roam hungry in the streets; one is shot while being held by a woman. "The book is meant to be shared with someone who can explain the images," wrote PW. "Its message is one that richly deserves a wide audience." Ages 8-12. Copyright 2002 Cahners Business Information, Inc.

-- Elie Wiesel
"Look at these children. Look at their faces. They will break your heart." --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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My First Passover Board Book (My First series)
Sue Grabham (Editor)
0789484528
January 1, 2002
Board book
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Book Review
From the Haggadah to the plague of locusts to matzo ball soup, Passover is filled with many intriguing traditions, stories, and foods. Very young children will love learning about this most important Jewish holiday with DK's extra-sturdy little board book. Crisp photos and preschool age-appropriate language tell the story of Passover, and describe Seder preparations, a song (with musical notation), and some of the colors of Passover (blue yarmulke, green parsley, red wine, silver candlestick). Scenes of costumed children acting out the story of Passover will help readers grasp the historical significance and rituals of the holiday. Along with its companion title, My First Hannukah Board Book, this handy guide will be a real favorite for kids who are beginning to ask "Why is this night different from all others?"...


Hanukkah!
Roni Schotter
0316776238
October 2003
Board Book
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From Publishers Weekly
This glowing picture book focuses on one family's celebration of Hanukkah. It's the eighth and final night of the holiday and Mama, Papa and Grandma Rose are lighting the menorah, while the children--Nora, Dan, Ruthie, Sam and baby Moe--begin their own preparations for the family celebration. Nora and Dan make latkes, Ruthie makes decorations, Sam makes clay dreidels and tries to teach baby Moe how to say "Hanukkah." The festive family meal is followed by songs, dances and gifts. Finally, as the evening ends and the candles burn low, Moe giggles "Hanuk-kah!" Schotter's somewhat bland text may confuse children with its odd blend of poetry and prose, but Hafner's watercolors of the cozy house filled with the warmth of love and family beautifully evoke this special celebration's pleasures. A one-page "Story of...


My Favorite Family Haggadah: A Fun, Interactive Passover Service for Children & Their Families
Shari Faden Donahue, David Aronson (Illustrator)
0963428713
March 1995
Paperback
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Book Description
My Favorite Family Haggadah presents an exciting, thought-provoking 20 to 30 minute service designed especially for children and their families. Through captivating pictures, action, and song, participants shall journey enthusiastically through the inspirational story of Passover. Both young and old alike shall be uplifted by a strong sense of pride in their rich Jewish heritage as they revel in the miraculous, unbroken existence of the Jewish people.


Parallel Journeys
Eleanor Ayer
0689832362
March 2000
Paperback
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From Publishers Weekly
Ayer juxtaposes the stories of two WWII youths, one a German Jew and the other a Hitler Youth, excerpted from their published memoirs. "Weak execution undermines the premise of the volume," said PW. Ages 10-up. (Mar.) Copyright 2000 Reed Business Information, Inc.

From School Library Journal
Grade 7 Up?This is a book to make your blood run cold. Through Ayer's narrative and excerpts from Heck's memoirs, A Child of Hitler and The Burden of Hitler's Legacy, readers learn how Alfons changed from a loving, wholesome boy to a "Nazi devil" (even the Germans called the elite Hitler Youth by that name). It is frightening to see how easily young people can be swayed, and readers learn just how it happened. Alternating chapters reveal Helen Waterford's story through excerpts from...


Devil's Arithmetic
Jane Yolen
0142404373
April 2005
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Kosher by Design Kids in the Kitchen
Susie Fishbein, John Uher (Photographer)
1578190711
November 1, 2005
Hardcover
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Book Description
Simple enough to give a child confidence and interesting enough to engage the parental chef, these kid-friendly recipes and helpful tips introduce the techniques known by every good kosher cook. Each recipe comes with an equipment list, an ingredient list, and a photo of every scrumptious dish.


Witness
Karen Hesse
0439272009
January 2003
Paperback
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Book Review
It is 1924, and a small Vermont town finds itself under siege--by the Ku Klux Klan. Using free verse, Newbery Medal-winning author Karen Hesse (Out of the Dust) allows 11 unique and memorable voices to relate the story of the Klan's steady infiltration into the conscience of a small, Prohibition-era community. The Klan's "all-American" philosophy is at first embraced by several of the town's influential men, including Constable Parcelle Johnson and retailer Harvey Pettibone. But Harvey's sensible wife, Viola, and independent restaurant owner Iris Weaver suspect from the beginning that the Klan's arrival heralds trouble. As the only African Americans in town, 12-year old Leonora Sutter and her father try to escape Klan scrutiny, while 6-year-old, city-born Esther Hirsch remains blissfully unaware of the Klan's...


The New Jewish Baby Book: Names, Ceremonies, & Customs-a Guide for Today's Families
Anita Diamant
1580232515
February 15, 2005
Paperback
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From Publishers Weekly
While most of the conversation preceding the birth of a baby these days is focused on such physical things as diets and breathing exercises, the almost universal reaction by, and concern of, parents themselves is a sense of wonderment and awe. In this sometimes very parochial book, the author addresses the human need to plan for the spiritual aspects of childbirth. Diamant offers precise guidelines for celebrating initial and fundamental rites of passage. She devotes much space to Jewish names, both biblical and cultural in origin, and explains the religious traditions and/or significance involved in each. Of even greater import to Diamant, however, is the ceremony of the circumcision. Contrary to a belief widely held in recent times, she stresses, circumcision has no basis in health practices. It is, rather, a...


Keeping Quilt
Patricia Polacco
0689844476
May 2001
Paperback
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From Publishers Weekly
This 10th-anniversary edition of Polacco's family story about a quilt made from an immigrant Jewish family's clothing from their Russian homeland "adds a few squares to the original story with expanded text and art," noted PW. Ages 4-8. (May) Copyright 2001 Reed Business Information, Inc.

From School Library Journal
PreSchool-Grade 2 Polacco's first-person voice moves her narrative forward gracefully from the time when her Great-Gramma Anna came to America during the last century to the present. Richly detailed charcoal drawings fill the pages of this beautifully conceived book. Particularly striking are the faces of the Russian Jewish immigrant families who people the pages. The only color used is in the babushka and dress of Great-Gramma Anna, which become part of...


Judaism (DK Eyewitness Books)
DK Publishing
0789492407
March 2003
Hardcover
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Book Description
Discover the history, faith, and culture that have shaped the modern Jewish world. With over 50 million copies sold in 88 countries and in 36 languages, Eyewitness Books are truly the ultimate visual information encyclopedias for the 21st Century. Carrying on the tradition of integrating words and pictures, these three new titles in the Eyewitness series are timely editions to any library.

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