Under The Sabbath Lamp

Title: Under The Sabbath Lamp
Author:  Michael Herman
Illustrations: Alida Massari
Publisher: Kar-Ben Publishing
ISBN: 9781512408430

Izzy and Olivia’s family are new to the neighborhood. Every Friday evening, they are invited to a different family’s home. They light Shabbat candles, enjoy festive meals and sing songs. The girls thought it was time to invite these families to their home for Shabbat dinner. But when the families arrived everyone noticed they didn’t have Shabbat candles. Instead they used a shiny brass chandelier shaped like a star. Do you think they were still able to celebrate Shabbat?

Shabbat, the Jewish Sabbath, begins every Friday night and ends when three stars appear in the sky on Saturday night. It is a time of rest, joy and family celebration. Shabbat is welcomed by lighting candles and saying blessings over wine and challah. Young readers will learn about Jewish culture and enjoy the cheerful illustrations. This is a great read for beginners. Parents and teachers can use this tool to teach this Jewish holiday.