Wednesday, September 21, 2011

Rosh Hashanah: Books to Celebrate With

Sundown on Wednesday, September 28th signals the start of Rosh Hashanah, one of the most important holidays in the Jewish tradition. A celebration of the Jewish New Year, Rosh Hashanah is full of symbolism, sweet treats, and reflection. Here are a few books perfect for introducing young children to this important holiday:

Happy Birthday, World: A Rosh Hashanah Celebration by Latifa Berry Kropf
This board book focuses on the parallels between a little boy and The World celebrating their respective birthdays.  On your birthday you eat cake, blow out candles and get birthday presents. On The Birthday of the World,  Rosh Hashanah, we eat apples dipped in honey, light candles and give presents (or tzedakah). A unique spin on the holiday that young children can relate to.

It's Shofar Time! by Latifa Berry Kropf
Filled with full-color photographs, this informative book focuses on the symbolism of Rosh Hashanah. Learn about the sounds the shofar makes (translated to mean "Listen!," "Get ready for the new year!" and "Let's make this year a good one!); the tradition of tashlich (throwing crumbs into the water to say "I'm sorry"); and why we eat sweet foods (for a sweet new year). Preschoolers will enjoy learning about this important celebration.

Sammy Spider's First Rosh Hashanah by Sylvia A. Rouss
Sammy the spider learns all about Rosh Hashanah by watching the Shapiro families' preparations. He admires the beautiful cards the family receives, the round challahs Josh and his mother bake, and the apples and honey the Shapiro's will eat for a happy new year. What will happen when Sammy gets too close to the honey?

Shanah Tovah! Happy New Year!


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