Submitted by Rabbi Arthur Waskow on
The Short Colorful Passover Gift-Books for Kids & Their Grown-Ups
As Passover approaches, you may find especially delicious a colorful way to share the story with your children or grandchildren, your friends' kids, your Seder hosts and guests, and for that matter with grown-ups who are open to laughng at loooong narrow pharaohs of the past as well as the present.
That’s what our words and the wonderful pictures by Avi Katz (a creative illustrator for the Jerusalem Report) do with this new brief and colorful book -- The Loooong Narrow Pharaoh and the Midwives Who Gave Birth to Freedom. We share a new story of both resistance to a cruel ruler and the birthing of a new community.
(Or maybe it's not just an old story, since the Pharaoh tried to incite hatred of an immigrant community who talked a strange languag and had a different religion. Uncannily familiar, maybe? )
(Anyway, the story we tell sure is new -- Like, Did you ever hear it was really the midwives who inspired and led the Exodus itself? Was that a secret, long kept hidden by the men who wrote our Bibles? Or was it --- shshsh!)
The long narrow Pharaoh ordered two midwives, Shifra and Puah -- to kill the boy-babies of that immigrant community, the Cross-Over People. BUT ---
AND THEN -- (Sh-sh-sh, you remember that Women's March last January, all over America and all around the world?)
But we don't want to spoil the story by telling what happens next. Get the book to find out!
You can order The Loooong Narrow Pharaoh and the Midwives Who Gave Birth to Freedom by clicking here:
At the bottom of the same Amazon page you’ll find another of our books, The Rest of Creation, and you can buy them both together. Here’s a page from that one:
So — who explained to God why there needed to be a day of resting from Creation? And who came up with exactly the right name for the day? Read the book to find out!
If you want to make an extra gift to The Shalom Center without any additional cost to you, you can start -- before you begin shopping -- by going to AmazonSmile (smile.amazon.com), and naming The Shalom Center (the one in Philadelphia) as the organization to receive Amazon’s donations of a percentage of your purchases.
We promise that you and your kids and grandkids, nephews and nieces, your neighbors' children -- will enjoy the time you share reading and looking together at the colorful pictures in these books.
We've tested the books by telling them as stories in many synagogues on Friday evening and some churches on Sunday morniing, and find that adults enjoy them too.
Grown-ups, kids, and YOU will enjoy learning how “the Bible, “the Torah,” can become seeds of creativity rather than narrow strictures of rigidity. We ourselves can leave behind our own Narrow Pharaoh to become the midwives of our freedom.
Remember -- you can order the book through Amazon by clicking here: