Jewish Values: Celebrate Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur with Honey, Prayers, and the Shofar

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Heiligman’s lively writing style, coupled with arresting full-color photos, makes this an excellent addition to National Geographic’s “Holidays Around the World” series. The reader enjoys learning how people in the United States and in diverse locations all over the world celebrate Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur with various customs. For example, photos show: a boy and his mother in Israel making a round challah in Israel for Rosh Hashanah, a congregation in Zimbabwe singing and dancing at a Rosh Hashanah service, thousands of Jews attending a Tashlikh service around a lake in the Ukraine to cast away their sins, a little girl practicing blowing the shofar in Los Angeles, and a woman rabbi and cantor dressed in white, wearing tennis shoes, for Yom Kippur in Seattle. Accompanying the photos are clear explanations for all of these customs. Concepts are in large bold print; text in smaller print explains them.
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