My Prayers: A Jew­ish Child’s Book of Prayers for Every Day

Rab­bi Bar­ton G. Lee and Rab­bi Roy A. Walter
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By – August 7, 2012

When I first opened My Prayers: A Jew­ish Child’s Book of Prayers for Every Day I was sur­prised. I expect­ed to see tra­di­tion­al prayers for every­day activ­i­ties in a child’s life. What I got was some­thing dif­fer­ent and much bet­ter. The authors, both rab­bis, cre­at­ed a list of impor­tant events in the dai­ly life of a child such as going to sleep, cel­e­brat­ing birth­days, being afraid, mov­ing, and many more; then they com­posed a com­fort­ing pas­sage for each top­ic. In My Prayer About My New Home, for exam­ple, the child says, “…I will miss my old house and my old neigh­bor­hood. I will remem­ber my friends and I hope to see them again soon. In my new house it will be fun to find new games to play… I will make new friends… Thank You, God, for old places and for new places.” Every prayer ends with the Sh’ma.

The top­ics include a bal­ance of hap­py events (rain­bows, a won­der­ful day, Shab­bat) and sad or scary ones (storms, being sick, the death of a pet) and each ends with a comfort­ing state­ment thank­ing God. The illus­tra­tions are sim­ple and the pic­tures of the chil­dren accu­rate­ly reflect the mood for each prayer. This is a won­der­ful book to share with a young child. Rec­om­mend­ed for tod­dlers through age eight.

Mar­cia Ber­neger is a retired teacher who lives with her hus­band and three crazy dogs. She taught both first and sec­ond grade, as well as spe­cial edu­ca­tion. She cur­rent­ly teach­es Torah school, in addi­tion to her vol­un­teer work in class­rooms, libraries, and with var­i­ous fundrais­ers. She lives in San Diego.

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