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Morality for Muggles
Ethics in the Bible and the World of Harry Potter
By Rabbi Moshe Rosenberg
KTAV Publishing House, 2011
ISBN: 978-1-60280-183-7

Reviewed by Harry S. Chou - August 22, 2011

Is Harry Potter Jewish? Well, not exactly. However, according to Rabbi Moshe Rosenberg, in Morality for Muggles, books like the Harry Potter series can be used to teach traditional Jewish values. Rabbi Rosenberg is affiliated with Congregation Etz Chaim of Kew Gardens Hills, New York and he teaches a course on "Harry Potter" at the SAR Academy in Riverdale, New York. He brings his years of experiences as a Rabbi, educator, and afficionado of Harry Potter to this intriguing and innovative book.

Throughout this book, Rabbi Rosenberg examines key ethical points from both the viewpoint of Jewish traditions and the Harry Potter books. The information in this book is organized into broad categories such as The Individual, Relationships, Society, and What Really Matters. Within each of these broad categories, the information is further divided up into more specific categories such as jealousy, repentance, parents and children, prejudice, good and evil, love, and breaking the rules. The book concludes with a section that contains excerpts from essays that children in grades 5 to 7 wrote about Harry Potter, the lessons they learned from Harry Potter and how they tie into Jewish traditions. The book also includes a glossary of Hebrew terms.

Morality for Muggles is a book that will prove both educational and inspirational to both adults and older children. It is a book that you can read straight through, or skip around, reading on whatever subject happens to strike your interest. It is also a book you are likely to reread - especially when you are looking for ideas on how to teach a specific principle or idea to your children or students, or when looking for some keen insights to liven up a speech. Morality for Muggles is a book that deserves a place on the shelves of both home and school libraries.

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