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New Year at the Pier: A Rosh Hashanah Story Hardcover – June 11, 2009
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"A well-crafted introduction to an alternative aspect of the holiday with room for discussion." --Kirkus Reviews
* "[T]he empathetic, low-key prose makes important points about personal responsibility without pummeling readers." --Publishers Weekly, starred review
"A child's perspective on atonement and repentance, expressed in meaningful and childlike ways, is sustained throughout a narrative that emphasizes both personal and communal atonement."--Association of Jewish Libraries
"If you are introducing your youngster to the Rosh Hashanah ceremony tashlich, then you'll want to get a copy of New Year at the Pier."--Jewish Woman Magazine
"Believable family interaction, a good sense of community and some lovely language permeate this very now, very real story."--JT News
"[O]ffers an excellent, thorough look at forgiveness during one of the most important holidays of the year."--Jewish Book World Magazine
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Top Customer Reviews
He drew on Miriam's "forehead . . . while she was asleep." No big deal. He lost his mother's ring at the store. That might be a problem. He broke "Mrs. Bickerson's drum . . . the one they weren't even supposed to touch." Apologizing for that one would be difficult. Oh, there was one more he would have to deal with and that was going to be really hard to deal with. He told his friend Ben he wouldn't tell anyone that he sucked his thumb and then blabbed the secret. On Rosh Hashanah Izzy began to make his apologies and received some in turn. When they went down to the pier to he listened to Rabbi Neil talk about Tashlich and how it "is like cleaning your heart's close . . . a new year, a clean heart." Would Ben ever forgive him for what he had done?
I enjoyed traveling with Izzy and his family to the pier to celebrate and "open their hearts" in forgiveness. This tradition encourages children to think about the negative effect they may have had on others during the preceding year and helps them learn about forgiveness. This story was charming and the watercolors were very appealing and meshed well with the story.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
This a good story for kids about apologizing for sins and throwing bread in the lake as part of the celebration of the Jewish New Year. Read morePublished 16 months ago by Amazon Customer
Rosh Hashanah is here again. What a better way to explain to preschoolers the reason for the ritual of Tashlich. Not bad for reminding the parents, too.Published 24 months ago by Nakiah Burnes
Set in modern times, Wayland focuses on a Jewish family who is observing Rosh Hashanah. The children in this story recognize their poor choices and take time to say that they are... Read morePublished on February 12, 2014 by Sandra
We read this story to the synagogue children for Rosh Hashanah. It is a lovely story, easy to read, and engaging. Everyone enjoyed it. Read morePublished on September 24, 2013 by rebecca L. Charles