Sabbath Lion: A Jewish Folktale from Algeria

by Howard Schwartz

Other authorsBarbara Rush (Author), Stephen Fieser (Illustrator)
Book, 1992

Barcode

123462707

Call number

E 237 SCH

Collection

Publication

Harpercollins Childrens Books (1992), Edition: 1st

Description

Because of Yosef's devotion to honoring the Sabbath, he is given special protection by a great lion during a dangerous journey through the desert.

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LibraryThing member STBA
Because of Yosef's devotion to honoring the Sabbath, he is given special protection by a great lion during a dangerous journey through the desert.
LibraryThing member jjuran
This book was about a Jewish boy who travels across the desert to collect an inheritance for his mother. However, he cannot continue his travel on the Sabbath, which is against his beliefs. He prays for help, and receives it in form of a lion who comes to take his on his way. The book is about the
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importance of family and believing in your faith. It was an interested story from a culture many children are not exposed to in other stories.
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LibraryThing member jebass
Yosef is the oldest of seven children, and their mother is widowed. Yosef works hard all week to help support his family, resting only on the Sabbath Day. When his family inherits a fortune from a long lost relative, someone must travel to Egypt to claim the family's money. Yosef insists that God
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will protect him on the journey, and his mother agrees, moved by Yosef's faith. When the caravan driver goes back on his promise to Yosef's mother to halt travel on the Sabbath, Yosef chooses to stay behind and celebrate the Sabbath in the customary way. He is cold, lonely and scared, but he prays, and a Lion comes to him for protection and company during the Sabbath, and then sees him quickly and safely to retrieve the money and then to deliver it home. Yosef's story of the Lion is a favorite with his siblings and he is glad to tell the story on every Sabbath afterward.

This story offers a unique view into Jewish customs, traditions, and beliefs. I believe it is better suited for a Sunday school class than a read-aloud in a public school classroom, but it would be a nice addition to the school library for independent reading. It highlights the importance of faith in religion.
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LibraryThing member sbiro
The story showcased the Jewish Sabbath. The youg boy volunterred to go on a trip to Cairo to collect money his uncle had left the family. The caravan did not stop on the Sabbath so Yosef stayed behind to observe it. There was a lion that was sent to protect him and get him back home safely.It was
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not about the money he was sent to collect but convictions as a Jewish boy that made the book.
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Language

Original language

English

Original publication date

1992

Physical description

10.25 x 8.25 inches

ISBN

0060208538 / 9780060208530

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