Rosh Hashanah & Yom Kippur

Eric A. Kimmel

Three stories from old traditions reflect on the virtues of charity, prayer, and repentance. In The Samovar, no amount of hard scrubbing can make the treasure of the prophet Elijah shine, but a housewife's good works bring a beautiful gleam to its surface. Click here to reserve this title.

I. L. Peretz

A skeptical visitor to the village of Nemirov finds out where its rabbi really goes just before the Jewish New Year, when the villagers claim he goes to heaven to speak to God.

Jane Breskin Zalben

Little Beni the bear child is tired of fighting with his cousin Max and is very happy to learn that the new year gives him chance to put his mistakes behind him and start over. His parents and grandparents show him how old customs can help solve today's problems

Rachel Buchman
Add musical meaning to the holidays. Includes melodies with chord symbols and lyrics in English, Hebrew, or Yiddish.
Mordicai Gerstein
First, Jonah is swallowed by a fish, in which he lives in comfort for three days. Ah, but then he is swallowed again by a larger, less pleasant fish. He is only too glad to be cast out on the shore near Ninevah. Vivid oil paintings make this one work well for story time, while the simple text is inviting to beginning readers. The Jonah story is traditionally associated with the High Holy Days.
April Halprin Wayland

On Rosh Hashanah, Izzy and his family make lists of the wrongs they have committed over the past year, and after they have apologized, they throw pieces of bread into the water to "clean their hearts" in a ceremony called tashlich.

Cathy Goldberg Fishman, illustrated by Melanie W. Hall
As a young girl's family gathers around her during the holidays, she thinks about the meanings of days' customs and symbols. Jewish words are italicized and explained in the glossary. A good introduction for both Jewish and non-Jewish children to these holidays.
Myra Cohn Livingston

These sixteen poems, twelve by modern authors, run the course from playful to traditional to moving as the Jewish year of celebrations unfolds.

Howard Greenfeld, illustrated by Elaine Grove
A basic guide to the meaning, history, and observance of Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur.
Lynn Peppas

Rosh Hashanah is often referred to as the Jewish New Year. Millions of Jewish people all over the world celebrate this holiday. The holiday usually occurs in September or October and includes the holiest Jewish day of the year, Yom Kippur, the day of repentance. Learn about how Jewish people eat special foods, reflect on the year gone by, and think about how they can improve in the year to come.

David F. Marx

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Leslie Kimmelman
Uncle Jake blows the shofar, or ram's horn, twice at services during the ten days between Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur. This book is filled with the sounds, sights, tastes, and meaning of the holiday experience.
Nina Jaffe

Retellings of traditional tales from Jewish folklore and legend related to major holidays, such as Yom Kippur, Sukkot, Hanukkah, and Purim. Six of the selections are from traditional sources; one, ``The Magician's Spell,'' about Sukkot, is original.
The vivid writing makes this one good to read aloud

Mordicai Gerstein

A white ram, made on the sixth day of creation, waits patiently in the garden of Eden until the time is right, then runs to save a certain child in fulfillment of God's plan.

Barbara Diamond Goldin, pictures by Jeanette Winter

When Daniel discovers that Rosh Hashanah is the celebration of the creation of the World, he decides the World deserves a birthday party. His big sister thinks he is crazy, but Daniel is determined to have a party with a cake and lots of candles, for, as the kindly baker says, "After all, the world is no spring chicken."

Barbara Diamond Goldin

Daniel is determined to have a birthday party for the world to celebrate Rosh Hashanah.

Erica Silverman

A Jewish boy living in long ago Russia learns a lesson from the village chickens during Rosh Hashanah. Not a stand-alone book for explaining Rosh Hashanah, but a fun addition for holiday reading.

Barbara Cohen
Sometimes the simplest, heartfelt prayers are the more effective than clever words from less pious men. A cowherd's devotion during Yom Kippur prayer is instrumental in ending the day's fast.