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Family Prayerbooks & Haggadot


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Haggadot



A Different Night,
The Family Participation Haggadah
A Different Night is a family participation haggadah for all Jewish denominations and levels of knowledge that offers stories, discussions, explanations, readings, songs, activities and games. The art work is eclectic from Chagall, Rembrandt and Ben Shahn to cartoons. It features 20 illustrations of the 4 children including the 4 daughters. The language is accessible and directions complete and it offers both a short "bare-bone seder" (1 hour) and a long seder guaranteed to be fun and intelectually stimulating for adults, teenagers and children. Recommended by rabbis of all denominations, it has become an enormous best seller. The enormous variety of activities offered allow one to tailormake seder so that every year produce new Jewish memories.

Description from Publisher

Each Pesach we seek ways to make the Seder different and stimulating, being faithful to pedagogy and halacha at the same time. Here is a fascinating Haggadah for all Pesachs, demonstrating how to be both halachic and creative, while learning and having fun in the process.
- Rabbi Haskel Lookstein, Orthodox, Principal of the RAMAZ School, NYC

A Different Night is to my mind the best and most interesting Haggadah to appear in many years. The authors have managed to structure the book in imaginative ways that engage family members of all ages in serious and engaging discussions that explore the ever expanding meanings of the Passover Haggadah. The book is truly a delight.
- Dr. Barry W. Holtz Associate Professor of Jewish Education, Jewish Theological Seminary of America

This rich Haggadah enables Jews to connect with their tradition in deeply personal ways, while at the same time opening the tradition to Jews, showing it to be responsive and flexible. As I prepared for Pesach last year, this Haggadah taught me that our most important heritage is to question. It opened our Seder to deep and exciting discussions.
- Rabbi Rachel Cowan, Reform Director of Jewish Life Program, Nathan Cummings Foundation

Also Available: The Leader's Guide to The Family Participation Haggadah "A Different Night"
    The Leader's Guide is designed for seder leaders and for educators. For the seder leader there are practical suggestions for managing a participatory seder with children and adults of different ages. Shortcuts through the seder are provided as well as short background essays on Egyptian slavery (Nahum Sarna), Exodus and Revolution (Michael Walzer), Exodus metaphors for personal growth and a comparison of Moses and Herzl. Extra activities for the seder include a newspaper of the Exodus, roleplaying for the seder, a symposium of contemporary views on slavery and freedom and on the 4 children of the haggadah. Stories of exoduses in different generations include the Katmandu seder and the last seder in Ethiopia.

The Seder Activity Book

By Judy Dick
Here are 4 questions that occur at many a Passover seder table- Is it dinner yet?, What does this mean to me?, Why can’t this be more fun?, and (again) Is it dinner yet?? Our new Seder Activity Book attempts to give an answer to these questions. With quiet games and activities that actively involve children in the Passover Seder, children will enjoy using their Seder Activity Book at their seats as they follow along with the leader. As they flip through the pages of the book they will learn all about the order of the Seder and the rituals associated with it.. They will delight in activities such as decorating a Seder invitation, completing dot-to-dots, and discovering why and how we celebrate Passover. Don’t be surprised if this book doesn’t just stay at the “kid’s” table! Teachers can also make learning fun in the classroom by using this book to teach about Passover.

Description from Publisher

The ArtScroll Children's Haggadah

By Shmuel Blitz
Shmuel Blitz and his brilliant children’s books never cease to amaze, this is his seventh book -- and they just seem to get better and better. This time, he puts his talents to the task of creating a Children’s Haggadah, and the result is one that will be enjoyed by child and grown-up alike. Specifically written for children ages 4-8, the full Hebrew text of the Haggadah is accompanied by a child-oriented, yet accurate English translation. There are clear, precise instructions that will guide the child through every stage of the Seder. And, each page contains a box that provides additional information about the Pesach narrative for the interested youngster.

The Pesach story comes alive for your children with this haggadah, complete with the full Hebrew text, a child-oriented, yet accurate English translation, clear instructions, a box on each page containing additional information, and breathtaking illustrations.

This Haggadah will be an invaluable addition to your child’s Seder (and to yours)!

Description from Publisher
Artscroll Youth Haggadah
Artscroll Youth Haggadah:
Fully Illustrated, with the Complete Text, Simplified Translation and Comments
Looking for a way to get your children excited about the Seder? Try The ArtScroll Youth Haggadah, by Rabbi Nosson Scherman and Rabbi Yitzchok Zev Scherman. For children who have outgrown all the other youth Haggadahs, but will be bored by those geared toward adults, this edition will open their eyes to the richness of the Seder night.

With its simplified introduction and commentary, its clear translation alongside the full Hebrew text, and its attractive illustrations, children will feel they have something to add to the Seder, as they understand and enjoy the Haggadah as never before.

Description from Publisher

The Santa Cruz Haggadah (Participant's Edition)



Santa Cruz Haggadah Kids Passover Fun Book



The Santa Cruz Haggadah (Leader's Edition)

The Santa Cruz Haggadah is a user-friendly Passover Haggadah based on the concept that we should not only look back in history to when we were slaves and then freed, but that we should also connect in with other groups who are needing freedom or protection now - eg the homeless, the redwoods, those discriminated against because of their age, sex, sexual preferences, etc. - and with the ways in which we enslave ourselves now through the risks we don't take, the words and actions we keep repeating, the questions we don't ask, etc.

The Leader's versions (the complete versions) provide the leader with help in tailoring a seder to the expected participants; a ten-minute or ten-hour seder can be designed.

The Participant's version
provides attendees with all that they need to participate in the seder.

The Kids' Passover Fun Book serves as: (1) a haggadah for little kids; (2) an Afikomen present for middle-aged kids (6 - 11); (3) a distraction tool for unruly kids at a seder; or (4) a violence-free teaching tool for parents and/or teachers.

Description from Publisher
Why on This Night?
Why on This Night?:
A Passover Haggadah for Family Celebration
Teaming their considerable talents, Musleah and August offer a stop-and-take-notice version of the book used to lead families through the seder, the home service, and the festive meal that opens the eight-day Passover celebration. Subtle reminders of the holiday's celebration of freedom are enfolded into Musleah's poetic explanations of the symbolic foods and traditions, as well as questions that encourage participation in the celebration. The Hebrew prayers are gender neutral and written with transliterations and English translations so everyone can be involved in the service. The scores and lyrics of traditional songs, as well as illuminating comments about their meanings, are included, and songs set to melodies such as "Yankee Doodle," add a lighthearted touch for children. There are also folk stories and a brief, four-act play. August's jubilant, signature linocuts, printed in oils on rice paper, bloom in the colors and stylized images of spring and the Middle East's flowers and fruits. Their luminous colors and rich textures lend a radiance to the majestic depiction of the seder plate and wrap the images of G-d's intervention to free the Israelites in spirituality. The vibrant writing and artistic creativity of this memorable collaboration vitalize an ancient Jewish tradition for contemporary children.

Description by Booklist, January 1, 2000
Uncle Eli's Special-For-Kids Most Fun Ever Under-The-Table Passover
Uncle Eli's
Special-For-Kids
Most Fun Ever
Under-The-Table
Passover Haggadah
This special-for-kids, most fun ever under-the-table Haggada--as its subtitle declares--lives up to its name. Unabashedly borrowing from the style of Dr. Seuss, Eliezer Lorne Segal delightfully rhymes his way through the holiday, accompanied by fantastic, fire-breathing dragons, floating green pizza and matza carpets and a wild assortment of other creatures

description by Hadassah Magazine
The 
Energizing Haggadah for Children
The Energizing Haggadah for Children
This interactive Haggadah will keep children from being bored at the Seder table as they search for the hidden characters and become engrossed in the pictures and story. The complete text of the Haggadah has been reworded in order to highlight the important elements of the Seder.

from the Publisher

The Really Fun Family Haggadah

By Larry Stein
The Really Fun Family Haggadah is not only a lot of fun; its explanations will enhance the meaning of your Passover Seder. Beautifully illustrated by noted Judaic artist, Leah Sosewitz, the Haggadah contains each of the Seder's traditional steps, as well as several features for children, including songs and an easy-to-read version of the Passover story. Praised by leading rabbis from coast to coast, this is one Haggadah that the entire family can enjoy.

Description from Publisher
The Survival Kit Family Haggadah
The Survival Kit Family Haggadah
Seamlessly blends the ancient text with a unique, easy-to-follow translation as well as simple instructions that make the seder fun and meaningful for the entire family.

from the Publisher

We Tell It to Our Children :

The Story of Passover: A Haggadah for Seders With Young Children

By Mary Ann Wark
This book was written by a Mom for her own young child 15 years ago and is now in its fourth printing. As Rabbi Leigh Lerner said in the introduction:..."The Passover story you will create from this Haggadah is filled with action: people who have feelings, ideas that become concrete, symbols that are related to a story...From experience I know that it is good for home use, a perfect addition to the religious school curriculum, and perhaps above all-- downright fun for adults,too."This child-tested book helps to make the Passover seder joyful and not a drawn-out ordeal because all the participants are actively engaged in telling the exodus story using the script in this Haggadah.To attract and hold a child's attention, it features cut-out paper doll puppets (Pharaoh, Slave, Yocheved, Miriam, Princess, Taskmaster, Moses, Aaron and sheep), songs based on American folk tunes (like "Clementine" and "She'll Be Coming Round the Mountain"), even large print for easy reading. Entire families can act out this vivid story, with children as young as two playing the non-reading role of the sheep. The traditional order of the seder is changed to put the ritual foods back into the story so they can be easily understood. The user-friendly information (recipes and how-tos) make it easily used by intermarrieds. Endorsed by rabbis, and religious educators. The Leader edition has all 9 puppets in the back; the Guest edition has the same script/no puppets.

Description from Publisher
The Prince of Egypt Haggadah
The Family Passover Haggadah: The Prince of Egypt Edition
A new family Haggadah brings the story of the Exodus to life with breathtaking, full-color illustrations from the landmark motion picture The Prince of Egypt. In conjunction with DreamWorks SKG, the 88 page traditional Haggadah retells "the greatest story ever" with more than 100 vivid and spectacular illustrations. The brilliant images which adorn every page enable readers to feel and experience some of the dramatic Biblical episodes including Moses' extraordinary encounter at the burning bush, the fury of the ten plagues and the incredible parting of the Red Sea. In addition, questions and clues have been added which serve to elicit lively discussion from both adults and children alike. This unique approach to teaching the Passover story serves to make it real and accessible to everyone regardless of their religious background.

The Inter-Faith Family Seder Book

By Nan Meyer
Nan Meyer is to be congratulated! She has written a Haggadah with which Jewish families can welcome their non-Jewish friends and relatives to the Seder table. But in the process she has produced a Seder book that many Jews who have lost touch with but wish to return to their culture will find inviting to use. The Inter-Faith Family Seder Book is not only entirely user-friendly, it also provides practical suggestions for preparation and conduction of the Seder, and it gives the Seder service in a step-by-step, easy to follow sequence. In an era where Jews are becoming increasingly assimilated into the population, through both intermarriage and simple acculturation, it's easy to lose touch with their heritage. Getting back in touch with it can be difficult. However, this Haggadah can ease the retunr. It is very comfortable to use. It is in no way intimidating, the Hebrew that is used appropriately is also used sparingly, but in ways that are familiar. It is as appropriate to the ex-patriot Jews who wish to return as it is to non-Jews. Nan Meyer has made an important social contribution with her Haggadah.

Description from Amazon.com Customer Review

I originally wrote this book so that my Christian daughters-in-law would know what was going on and would be comfortable at our family's Seder table. As I worked I discovered that in traditional haggadahs (the manual used to direct the Seder), the Exodus tale was not told as much as referred to. So I set out to tell the story (as the Bible commands: "and you shall tell your child"). And, I incorporated in the telling all the facts we now know: i.e.: how long the Jews were in Egypt, the name of the pharaoh, etc. I also stripped away repetition (to do something once is meaningful; to do it two or more times is boring, especially to the children, and it's for them the story is told). I edited down long passages, and wrote and substituted songs wherever possible. Instead of reading about the troubles the Jews had in Egypt, I wrote the story to the tune of Old Man River which everyone sings. The Four Questions, which must be asked by the youngest person at the table, is set to the tune of Twinkle, Twinkle, Little Star ... which a four year old can learn, even if he doesn't or she doesn't have someone to teach the Hebrew version.

I also incorporated into the telling all the explanations we have been giving for years to our non-Jewish guests. The supper is meant to be a learning lesson about how the Jews left Egypt. In my book, it is told with songs, games and special foods. Friends heard about my project and had sent me the customs and materials used in their Seders. After the book was written and electronically published, I gave copies of it to my family and sent the contributing friends copies of my finished project. To my amazement, orders began to pour in. With 72% of Jews marrying out of faith, everyone was related to or knew of someone who would like to read The Inter-Faith Family Seder Book.

Description by the Author
A Children's Haggadah
A Children's Haggadah

By Howard Bogot and Robert Orkand
This unique Haggadah designed especially for young people will be a delightful asset to any seder table - at home, in religious schools or at community centers.

The authors do more than merely retell the story of the Exodus; through special foods, prayers and songs the children personally experience the miraculous event. The brilliant design and beautiful illustrations elevate the text into an imaginative source for children and meaningful work of art for all those who experience it.

This magical book measures 8-1/2" x 11" and includes art on every page. It also includes a vibrant accordion foldout of the seder plate.

Description from Publisher

A Family Haggadah

By Shoshana Silberman
The text of this Haggadah follows the traditional order of the Passover Seder, uses non-sexist language, and is geared to the reading level of school-age children. Transliterations and translations of Hebrew blessings and prayers are included, as are additional discussion questions, seder songs, crafts, and games.

Our Family Haggadahs -- the original and Family Haggadah II -- which sold over 60,000 copies last year, continue to be a favorite choice for family and congregational seders, including special seders for singles and senior citizens. The seder service (which is the same in both versions) is easy to follow, includes all essential rituals, and is written in language that is clear and contemporary.

How are they different?

The original Family Haggadah (the cover is purple and green!) includes words to several favorite children's songs and commentary and questions geared to young children. The Birkat Hamazon (grace after meals) is abbreviated.

The Family Haggadah II (the cover is multi-colored) has no children's songs, and the commentary is geared towards teens and adults. The service includes a full Birkat Hamazon (grace after meals). Family Haggadah II also comes in a large print edition for seder leaders and people with vision problems.

Description from Publisher

A Family Haggadah II

By Shoshana Silberman
The Haggadah you've come to love, with all-new commentary, a complete Birkat (blessing after meals), and discussions geared to older children and adults. Ideal as a new haggadah of choice, or as a change of pace for your second, third, or fourth night's celebration!

Our Family Haggadahs -- the original and Family Haggadah II -- which sold over 60,000 copies last year, continue to be a favorite choice for family and congregational seders, including special seders for singles and senior citizens. The seder service (which is the same in both versions) is easy to follow, includes all essential rituals, and is written in language that is clear and contemporary.

How are they different?

The original Family Haggadah (the cover is purple and green!) includes words to several favorite children's songs and commentary and questions geared to young children. The Birkat Hamazon (grace after meals) is abbreviated.

The Family Haggadah II (the cover is multi-colored) has no children's songs, and the commentary is geared towards teens and adults. The service includes a full Birkat Hamazon (grace after meals). Family Haggadah II also comes in a large print edition for seder leaders and people with vision problems.

Description from Publisher

My Very Own Haggadah
The ultimate children's Haggadah. A child's first seder service, with the story of Passover, an explanation of holiday symbols, seder blessings, and songs. Plus recipes, craft ideas, and pictures to color. Over 2 million in print!

25th Anniversary Reissue Edition

Description from Publisher
The Passover Journey
The Passover Journey :
A Seder Companion
A lovely book that's intended as a companion to, rather than a substitute for, a Passover Haggadah. The text is divided into two sections: one deals with the biblical stories and ancient rabbinic writings (Midrashim) telling of Moses's birth and how he was able to lead the Jewish people out of enslavement; the second discusses the Seder service and various traditions surrounding it. Well-researched, and written in simple but effective language, this will be welcomed in general collections, by families wanting to enrich their understanding and celebration of Passover, and by synagogues and religious schools. Waldman's watercolors are quietly handsome--even when depicting the plagues that were sent to scourge the Egyptians. Useful and attractive.

description by Kirkus Reviews , January 1, 1994
My Favorite Family Haggadah
My Favorite Family Haggadah:
A Fun, Interactive Passover Service
for Children and Their Families
This Haggadah provides a creative seder that is fun for all ages! There is original song and abundant interactivity. It will make your Passover seder very memorable.
-Taken from Amazon.com Reader Review
The Family Haggadah
The Family Haggadah
Although really intended for parents to use with their children at a family Passover seder, this attractive book may also be useful to children wanting to plan their own model celebration. Schecter gives instructions for setting the holiday table as well as a nonsexist, much simplified version (including a reference to Miriam's cup) of the Passover service, with the story and some of the traditional music and prayers accompanied by transliteration from the Hebrew. Portions of the text have been designated for a leader to read aloud. A final section contains suggestions for parents wanting to involve the children in seder preparation and participation. Black-and-white illustrations in Neil Waldman's signature graphic style complete an attractive package that introduces one of the Jewish calendar's most beautiful holidays.

from Booklist

A Night of Questions:
A Passover Haggadah
Now in its second printing, this hugely popular Haggadah provides four Seder menus to help you customize your Seder: for younger children, for older children and adults, for groups of diverse backgrounds including non-Jews, and for those wishing to emphasize feminist themes. Plentiful commentary, kavvanot and readings throughout the text help make your Seder relevant and inspiring. Colorful icons and illustrations make this Haggadah visually appealing.

Description from Publisher

Uh! Oh!
Hidden Passover Objects with English/Hebrew Haggadah
A complete Haggadah written in both Hebrew & English. Mixed among the text are Passover pictures with all kinds of Passover objects to find.

The Doodled Family Haggadah
An oversized, comic-book type haggadah, opening from right to left but containing both English and Hebrew text, that combines traditional content with cartoon characters and silly wisecracks. Colorful borders adorn the pages, and illustrations range from two-inch inserts to half and whole pages.

Description from School Library Journal
Family Haggadah
Family Haggadah :
A Seder for All Generations
This wonderful, easy-to-follow Family Haggadah was designed as a guide for the seder experience where young people are present. Seder participants are provided with easy-to-read instructions for a smooth and traditional ceremony. Special features include text boxes scattered throughout that provide questions and engaging commentary, encouraging thoughtful discussion. Images of ancient and modern illuminated Haggadot and artifacts adorn the text of this unique Haggadah, allowing the reader a chance to view a rarely seen part of Passover history. Seder participants will experience Passover not simply through words, but through a feast of rich and vibrant images.

Publisher Description

Because We Were Slaves:
A Concise Haggadah for All of Us

By Claire E. Gorfinkel & Charles Davis
This Haggadah evolved over a period of more than twenty years, as its authors were called upon to share the Jewish festival of Passover with diverse ecumenical communities. Authentially Jewish, it is designed to make Passover accessible to people who are not familiar with the tradition, whether they are non-Jews or Jews who have drifted away from their tradition. This Haggadah is designed to be used. It is complete. It is clear. It is concise. It is appropriate for adults as well as children. It is modern, and it incorporates all the essential elements of the tradition.

Description from Publisher

A Young Child's Sticker Passover Haggadah

By Harriet Degelsmith-Herst
A unique book that follows a traditional adult haggadah format. It's an appealing and vividly colorful 96 piece STICKER art book. It's designed to help youngsters, ages 3-7, become eagerly engaged as participants in the family seder.

Description from Publisher

My Animated Haggadah and Story of Passover

The Animated Haggadah Activity Book
Passover Questions, Games, Puzzles, Information and Fun Activities for 5-10 Year Olds

Children's Haggadah By A. M. Silbermann
A unique and charming Passover Haggadah with moveable pictures, in full color, large print, and strong pages for little hands. Includes a selection of Seder melodies in sheet music form. Enjoyed by generations of Jewish youngsters.

Description from Publisher

My First Haggadah

My Haggadah
Part coloring book, part cut-out book, part game book. A Passover book for children to make. In easy steps, the students are introduced to important Passover words and the order of the Seder service. Includes Hebrew words to cut out, practice, and play with.

Description from Publisher

Haggadah for Children, Family and Friends
Prepared by Jacob Rudin and revised by Lillian S. Abramson, this haggadah was written in the hope that it may deepen our children's love for Judaism and Israel. It may be used as a guide when conducting a Seder in schoool, temple, youth organization, or home. The ceremony of the seder has been explained throughout. Nothing essential has been omitted and care has been taken to preserve the traditional character.

Description from Publisher

Songs for a Family Seder

(cassette)
Cantor Robert Freedman and Princeton Jewish center students. 45 minutes.

Siddurim



Shabbat:
A Family Service
Simple poetry and full color pictures bring to life the structure and concepts of the Shabbat service.

Gates of Prayer for Young People
Shaarei Tefila Le-Noar

By Kenneth D. Roseman and Roy A. Walter
Gates of Prayer for Young People fills the need for daily and Shabbat services in congregational worship and the religious school setting. Building on its forerunners Gates of Wonder and Gates of Awe, this innovative volume includes evening and morning services for weekdays and Shabbat, for young people between five and twelve years of age. You will be proud to add this beautiful prayerbook, which is enhanced by full-color art throughout, to any setting where children join in worship. The text is contemporary and gender-sensitive.

Description from Publisher

One Thing I Ask

By Rabbi Hillel Fendel
The Siddur, with its beautiful prayers, unique layout, and many customs, holds within its pages multitudes of secrets and little-known facts. In a challenging question-and-answer format, the author explores these depths, revealing a veritable treasure trove to parents, children, teachers, rabbis, speakers, and daveners of all ages.

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My Siddur

By Deborah Uchill Miller
A hands-on prayer readiness book for young children. Filled with games and craft activities. My Siddur invites children to make their own prayer book. Easy steps introduce students to important Hebrew prayer vocabulary, the Shema, the basic formula for the brachot, and the principal parts of the synagogue service. Students will enjoy cutting out and practicing with their own Hebrew word cards.

Description from Publisher

High Holiday Mahzors



Selichot: A Family Service



Rosh Hashanah: A Family Service



Yom Kippur: A Family Service
Creative, attractive, and affordable prayer book for the High Holidays. Built around the concepts of tefillah (prayer), teshuvah (repentance), and tzedakah (sharing), the service includes readings to challenge older children and adults, and stories and pictures to capture the attention of young children. Words and music to original high holiday songs and take-home ideas.

Description from Publisher
Gates of Awe
Gates of Awe :
Holy Day Prayers for Young Children
Prayers for Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur, with appropriate Torah readings. Rabbi Orkand, and his wife, Joyce, an elementary school teacher, write on a level that will be enjoyed, and understood by children.

High Holy Days Mahzor:
A Prayer Service for Young Children and Their Families
A prayer book created especially for young children. With simple sentences, large easy-to-read Hebrew print, and warm watercolor illustrations, this simplified liturgy invites each child to become a full participant in the High Holy Day Services.

The accompanying Leader's Guide makes the ritual even more effective using song, story, and sermon.

Description from Publisher

Miscellaneous Prayerbooks



Gates of Wonder
A Prayerbook For Very Young Children

By Howard Bogot, Robert Orkand and Joyce Orkand
This is the first official prayerbook for young children ever produced by the Reform Movement. Intended for pre-school children through six years of age, Gates of Wonder is beautifully and sensitively illustrated by award-winning artist Neil Waldman. Children will be drawn to the charming text; its educational and entertaining qualities make it fun to read. They will find rainbows, night and day, the fascinating differences found in people, Shabbat and Torah. As young children enter the Gates of Wonder they will experience a world of beauty, a world of mystery and the enduring world of Jewish prayer.

Description from Publisher

This book is one of the best I've ordered so far. The writing is in large bold print and there are only a few sentances per page, so it holds a toddler's attention. There is a great message and the illustrations are adorable. Great children's book!

Description from Amazon.com Customer Review
Thank You, G-d!
Thank You, G-d! :
A Jewish Child's Book of Prayers
Haas' finely worked watercolors evince a sense of serenity, as though echoing one of prayer's purposes. The morning sun highlights the silhouettes of two awakening children; parents' heads bend in a sheltering posture over the children with whom they are welcoming Shabbat; the havdalah candle's broad flame reflects from the faces of youngsters transfixed by its flare. Children catching fireflies and decorating a succah are among the other tenderly painted images that frame the blessings and prayers, which are printed in Hebrew block letters, with a Roman alphabet transliteration and an English translation below. In addition, brief, explanatory notes often place the prayers within a relevant context for youngsters. This thoughtfully prepared book not only teaches the blessings that herald the holidays and that welcome and close each day and each meal, but also includes parts of the Mi Sheberach and the Kaddish, prayers to turn to as needed when a loved one is ill or has died or when praying for peace. There is surprisingly little duplication between this and Edwards' "Blessed Are You: Traditional Everyday Hebrew Prayers".

from Booklist

Sweet Words to G-d:
A Child's Book of Jewish Prayers

By Rabbi Arnold Goodman,
The Jewish home is called a mikdash me'at, a mini sanctuary. While the synagogue experience is treasured and an important component of the Jewish religious life, the home is where early memories are formed and basic attitudes about God, prayer, and community begin to take shape.

In a charming illustrated volume, Rabbi Arnold Goodman of Atlanta's Ahavath Achim Synagogue has compiled short prayers for Jewish children to learn at home on a range of subjects. One section offers everyday prayers to help them give thanks for daily blessings, such as a warm bed and food to eat. Another has prayers for special occasions, including giving thanks for a new toy or expressing affection for a family member or pet. A third section provides prayers of solace for times of sorrow or sadness. The final sections honors Jewish holidays such as Passover and Yom Kippur.

Rabbi Goodman also offers insight on the importance of prayer for children and gives suggestions of how to teach them to pray in a way that will be spiritually rewarding. This indispensable little book is the perfect companion for every small child.

Description from Publisher

The G-d Around Us :
A Child's Garden of Prayer
How do we teach children about G-d and prayer? How can we as parents and teachers help children recognize life's many moments of wonder? In this revised edition of her classic work, Mira Brichto connects timeless poetry and simple prayers with the sensibilities of the modern world. This enchanting picture book engages preschool children and kindergarteners with poetry that connects the world around them to the appropriate blessings in Hebrew and English. With dazzling, vivid illustrations, a child's world becomes animated with bright falling stars, sunny celebrations, and rainbow bridges. This is a stunning book that reveals the "G-d around us" in the everyday world. It is a wonderful teaching tool for both educators and parents.

Description by Publisher

Blessed Are You :
Traditional Everyday Hebrew Prayers
Thirteen brief prayers in Edwards's translations, which she uses with her own children, plus the original Hebrew and a transliteration, all appearing on versos elaborately bordered with a vine-like motif that echoes the Hebrew script and also incorporates appropriate symbols -- e.g., for the prayer beginning, "G-d, grant us peace and goodness,'' Edwards includes a dove, a rainbow, and a menorah. Rectos display full-bleed mixed-media art depicting a family of three children engaged in everyday activities that might occasion the prayers--eating, celebrating together, playing with their parents, looking at the night sky. The bright, harmonious colors and the warmth and energy of the design bespeak a productive, loving, and devout family.

Description from Kirkus Reviews

My Blessings for Food
The ideal "table book" for children contains Bircas HaMazon with simplified translation and blessings for all foods. Illustrated in full color by Michael Horen. Sturdy, stain-resistant cover.

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