Jewish Values: Reach for the Stars: A Little Torah's Journey

Publisher: 
Publication Year: 
1986
Number of Pages: 
40 p.
Note: 
Joachim Joseph, nicknamed Yoya, gave the "little Torah" to Israeli astronaut, Ilan Ramon, to take with him on the ill-fated space shuttle, Columbia. It was given to Joseph in Bergen-Belsen by Rabbi Simon Dasberg, who had smuggled it into the camp and used it to tutor Joseph for his Bar Mitzvah. This juxtaposition of events, lives, and deaths is the scaffolding upon which Rouss' story rests. It is poignantly written, telling of incredible courage with simplicity and conviction. Children reading the story will be moved but not shattered by the loss because the narrative focuses on positive human ideals, rather than tragedy. An excellent format, with large color illustrations, reinforces this positive focus. A teaching guide is available on Sylvia Rouss' website, www.sylviarouss.com.
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ISBN: 
1930143826
Book ID: 
686
Sydney Taylor Winner: 
No