The Shema in the Mezuzah
Listening to Each Other
Publication Date: August 2012
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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.
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.