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Oy!  It takes a village!  So if you know of a relevant book or website or song about Tashlich, Rosh Hashanah, other kinds of New Year celebrations, forgiveness, atonement, etc…email me~

Children’s Books
Adult Books

Children’s Books

Here’s a list of books for the Jewish High Holidays from School Library Journal,

and here Miss Jenny the librarian offers a list of children’s books for Rosh Hashanah.

DiCamillo, Kate, The Tale of Despereaux. Candlewick Press, 2003.  I fell in love with this story when I listened to the audiobook, fabulously read by Graeme Malcolm, who creates dozens of distinct characters with his amazing voice.  DiCamillo has much to teach us about forgiveness and redemption without preaching.  She writes, “Every action, reader, no matter how small, has a consequence.”

Kimmel, Eric (author), Jon J. Muth (illustrator), Gershon’s Monster: A Story About the Jewish New Year, Scholastic, 2000.  Scholastic’s blurb says: Eric A. Kimmel and Jon J. Muth capture all the drama and wonder of this traditional Hasidic legend, as they rekindle our hope for beginning the year anew.

Levin, Carol (author), Katherine Janus Kahn (illustrator), A Rosh Hashanah Walk. Kar-Ben Copies, 1987.
A group of children take a stroll on Rosh Hashanah and learn about Tashlich and asking forgiveness on the New Year.

Yee, Lisa, So Totally Emily Ebers. Scholastic, 2007.
In this well-written ‘tween book, Emily learns to forgive someone very important in her life.  This is the third book in a triology, each telling the same story from three different points of view.

Adult Books

Agnon, S. Y., Days of Awe
Here’s a marvelous review of this book

Cassedy, Ellen, We are Here–Memories of the Lithuanian Holocaust ~ (Winner of the Grub Street National Book Prize for Nonfiction, the Towson Prize for Literature, a Prakhin International Literary Foundation Award, and the Silver Medal in History from ForeWord Reviews, and the Best Book Prize from the Association for the Advancement of Baltic Studies. Shortlisted for the William Saroyan International Prize for Writing) ~ What began, for author Ellen Cassedy “as a personal quest, expanded into a groundbreaking exploration of how people in Lithuania – Jews and non-Jews – are confronting their Nazi and Soviet past in order to move forward into the future.”

Rabbis Nosson Scherman and Meir Zlotowitz, Tashlich and the Thirteen Attributes. New York: Mesorah Publications, 1998.


Rabbi Dovid Orlof

The Jewish Outreach Institute on Tashlich

Send me some suggestions!  And if you know of a link to the lyrics, so much the better!

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