The Shema in the Mezuzah

Listening to Each Other

By Sandy Eisenberg Sasso; Joani Keller Rothenberg (Illustrator)
Jewish Lights Publishing, Hardcover, 9781580235068, 30pp.

Publication Date: August 2012

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Description

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.




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 ChildrenTell Me a Story: Reading the Bible and the Religious Imagination of ChildrenFilling in the Blanks: How Women Read the BibleWomen and Judaism: A Personal JourneyMidrash 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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