Shad­ow Play: A True Sto­ry of Tefillah

Leah Pearl Shol­lar; Pesach Ger­ber, illus.
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By – May 14, 2012
This tale of Ploni and Almoni is a children’s sto­ry about the strength of prayer and belief. In ancient times, the two mes­sen­gers were dis­patched from the head of the San­hedrin to trav­el to the not­ed Abba Chilkiya, to ask him to pray for rain. The land of Israel was dry; no crops were grow­ing, and the wells were com­plete­ly emp­ty. After locat­ing Abba Chilkiya work­ing his neighbor’s fields, they splashed through the brook with him and accom­pa­nied him through the bram­bles. What are the rea­sons for this unusu­al behav­ior? The sage is teach­ing the mes­sen­gers a les­son on the pow­er of prayer. This sto­ry is based on two pages in the Tal­mud Taan­it, and com­men­taries of the Ris­hon­im, Tehilim and the com­men­taries of the Baal Shem Tov. The book design and illus­tra­tions are appeal­ing and col­or­ful. The intend­ed moral is that Hashem will give us what­ev­er we need if we act with kind­ness toward oth­ers. Although intend­ed for young chil­dren, there is quite a bit of com­plex­i­ty to the sto­ry. For ages 6 – 10.
Shelly Feit has an M.L.S. and a Sixth-year Spe­cial­ist’s Cer­tifi­cate in infor­ma­tion sci­ence. She is the library direc­tor and media spe­cial­ist at the Mori­ah School in Engle­wood, NJ.

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