A Jewish book is a great first gift for a baby. One of the first gifts I received when I was born was a Jewish book. I still have it. It is a childhood memory. My parents thought it was important to read a Jewish book to me. It gave them a chance to read the vocabulary to me. The words became familiar to me. If the book was about Shabbat, I would recognise that word in every day life. It helped bring Judaism to life me.
A Jewish book for every occasion
As I got older my parents bought me books for every Jewish festival. It was great fun. We read the stories leading up to each festival. It helped me to look forward to the festival. Sometimes we read the same book over and over again. The characters became like family to me. I had other stories too. Stories about day-to-day Jewish life. About Jewish families and their lives.
What about the adults?
Everyone seems to focus on children and making sure they have at least one Jewish book on their book shelf. But what about the adults? Adults also want to read a Jewish book. It is hard to say what adults read. It could be the about the holocaust or religious Jewish books. Many people like to read religious texts when they are older.
How to dispose of religious texts?
In Judiasm, any text that contains God’s name should be buried when it is no longer usable, or placed in a dedicated room known as a “Geniza.”. The word “geniza” means “storage”. Synagogues have a storage area designated for the temporary storage of worn-out Hebrew-language books and papers on religious topics prior to proper cemetery burial. Jewish cemeteries often have special graves for sacred texts.
A Jewish book can play an important part in a person’s life. It can be from the day they were born right through to adulthood.
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