The Jewish Eye
In God's Name
In God's Name
By Sandy Eisenberg Sasso
Illustrated by Phoebe Stone
Jewish Lights Publishing, 1994, 32 pages
Reviewed by Israel Drazin - August 3, 2012
This delightful children's tale was a finalist for the "Children's Books of Distinction Award." The author is the second woman who was ordained as a rabbi but her book was endorsed by Protestant, Catholic, and Jewish religious leaders. The illustrator is an award-winning Vermont author and artist. The text of the book is poetic and the illustrations, with pictures of children from many races, are vibrant and colorful.
The book tells how different people called God by different names, such as "My Rock," "Shepherd," "Healer," and "Source of Light." They knew that every living thing has a single name, such as a tree and a lily. Each person who gave God a different name thought that his or her name for God was best. Then Sandy Eisenberg Eisenberg tells us what happened one day and how God's reacted, which is a lesson for everyone.
Dr. Israel Drazin is the author of eighteen books, including a series of five volumes on the Aramaic translation of the Hebrew Bible, which he co-authors with Dr. Stanley M. Wagner, and a series of four books on the twelfth century philosopher Moses Maimonides, the latest being Maimonides: Reason Above All, published by Gefen Publishing House. His website is http://booksnthoughts.com.
The views expressed in this review/article are those of the author, and do not necessarily reflect the views of The Jewish Eye.
Back to top
- In God's Hands, by Lawrence Kushner and Gary Schmidt.
A delightful, timeless legend based on Jewish tradition, In God's Hands tells of the ordinary miracles that occur when we really, truly open our eyes to the world around us. For ages 5 and up.
- The Bedtime Sh'ma: A Good Night Book, adapted by Sarah Gershman.
This beautifully illustrated adaptation of the Kriat Sh'ma is a wonderful introduction to one of the oldest and most fundamental of Jewish prayers.
Questions or Comments? Send an email to:
Copyright © The Jewish Eye 2012 - All Rights Reserved