The Shema in the Mezuzah

The Shema in the Mezuzah Cover

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 23, 2012


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.