Monday, February 6, 2017

Book Review: Under the Sabbath Lamp by Michael Herman, Illustrated by Alida Massari

This review is meant for parents, teachers, and other people that work with children to read.

Izzy and Oliva Bloom are invited to Sabbath dinner by many families throughout their neighborhood. Oliva made lemon bars and Izzy brought homemade cherry cordial. Their dinners were festive times which included the lighting of two candles, a blessing for welcoming Shabbat, eating the meal, singing Shabbat songs, and eating dessert. One day they decide to invite their neighbors to a Shabbat meal at their house. Their guests are shocked that they don't light candles at the start of Shabbat. The Bloom's explain to them that they use a Hanging Sabbath Lamp instead and give the story behind how they inherited it. That store inspires their neighbors to talk about things that they inherited in their families as well.

This story gives a glimpse about how people celebrated the Sabbath in earlier times. It shows that there is another way to bring in the Sabbath with candles. The Sabbath lamp illuminated the whole dining room, which gave light to the table, the people that sat under it, and the meal. I liked the note about the Hanging Sabbath Lamp in the back of the book, which shows a picture of one. This book can be (and probably already has been to some people) a door opener about more ancient ways of celebrating Sabbath. It will help children to compare how Sabbath candle lighting is done in a lot of families today through lighting candles at the table, versus using a Hanging Sabbath Lamp in earlier times.

My review= 5 out of 5 stars

I received a hardback copy of this book free for the purpose of reviewing it.

Ages: 3-8
Grades: PreK-2

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