The Shema in the Mezuzah: Listening to Each Other

The Shema in the Mezuzah: Listening to Each Other

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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.



Author: Sandy Eisenberg Sasso
Publisher: Jewish Lights Publishing
Published: 08/23/2012
Pages: 30
Binding Type: Hardcover
Weight: 1.01lbs
Size: 12.10h x 9.20w x 0.50d
ISBN: 9781580235068
Audience: Ages 4-8
Award: National Jewish Book Award - Winner

Review Citation(s):
Publishers Weekly 09/03/2012
Publishers Weekly 08/27/2012
Kirkus Reviews 01/01/0001