BY GABRIEL WEISS / AJT //
The book “Shabbat in the Playroom” teaches children a little bit of the Hebrew language and also that every Jewish house should have Kabbalat Shabbat. The story is about a girl named Shira, who learns at school about Shabbat – the candles, challah, kippot, the Kiddush cup, the siddur and more – but never has these things at home.
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Shira wants to observe the Day of Rest with her family, so every Friday after school, she asks her parents if they can have Kabbalat Shabbat. Many times, they say they’re too busy; read the book to find out if Shira can use her new knowledge to convince her parents to make the time.
The author of “Shabbat in the Playroom,” Galia Sabbag, taught at the Davis Academy for more than 15 years. She also believes that every family should have Kabbalat Shabbat, and the situation that the character of Shira has is based on experiences that her students had during her years of teaching.
This book is a great story for children from preschool to first grade; it’s educationalteaches a little Hebrew and teaches that every Jewish house should have Kabbalat Shabbat. Coming soon are also other books in the series (shirasseries.com).
Gabriel Weiss is a rising fifth-grader at the Epstein School.