The Sun’s Spe­cial Blessing

Sandy Wasser­man; Ann D. Koff­sky, illus.
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By – January 13, 2012
Every 28 years, the sun returns to the spot it occu­pied at the time of cre­ation. The year 2009 (5769 on the Hebrew cal­en­dar) was one of those occa­sions. To cel­e­brate this event, Jew­ish peo­ple around the world recit­ed a spe­cial bless­ing. In The Sun’s Spe­cial Bless­ing, Mr. Jacobs tells his third-grade Hebrew school stu­dents that when he was in third grade, his class buried a time cap­sule filled with memen­toes from 1981. As they buried their time cap­sule, the class recit­ed the spe­cial bless­ing for the sun. With shov­els in hand, Mr. Jacobs and his stu­dents march out to unearth the time cap­sule with its trea­sures. Now it is their turn to fill their own time cap­sule with their spe­cial arti­facts and for them to bless the sun. Although April 8, 2009, the date to say this spe­cial bless­ing, has passed, chil­dren may enjoy this sto­ry and may be inter­est­ed to know that the next time for say­ing the bless­ing will be April 8, 2037 (Nis­san 23, 5797). Inter­est­ing dis­cus­sions may include how many more years until the next bless­ing, what each child would want to put into a time cap­sule, what they think rep­re­sents their world. Col­or­ful paper-cut illus­tra­tions help to tell the sto­ry. Ages 8 – 10.
Diane Levin Rauschw­erg­er is librar­i­an for Con­gre­ga­tion Beth Am, Los Altos Hills, CA, and has worked as a children’s librar­i­an for the Sun­ny­vale Pub­lic Library. She is the author of a series of children’s pic­ture books, includ­ing Dinosaur on Hanukkah, Dinosaur on Passover, and Dinosaur on Shab­bat, pub­lished by Kar-Ben Publishing.

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