Posts Tagged ‘bullying’

Book Review | Life, After
by Sarah Darer Littman

Score: 5

© 2010, Scholastic Press. Sarah Littman is the author of Confessions of a Closet Catholic, winner of the 2006 Sydney Taylor Award. In this, her latest novel, she takes us to Argentina to meet Dani Bensimon and her family. The Bensimons are troubled: by the loss of Dani’s aunt (her father’s sister) in the terrorist [...]

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Book Review | Dan and the Mudman
by Jonny Zucker

Score: 3

by Jonny Zucker © 2009, Frances Lincoln Children’s Books Dan Bernstein’s family moves to a small town far outside of London, and he faces a number of lifestyle changes. None, however, challenges him as much as the blatant anti-Semitism of the class bully, Steve, or so he thinks. When his class project on long-distance running, [...]

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It’s more important now than ever to remember

This Sunday, April 11, 2010/27 Nisan 5770 is Yom HaShoah, Holocaust Remembrance Day.  Memorials, services, etc. will take place on Monday, April 12, 2010.  Because Yom HaShoah is a fairly recent holiday on the Jewish calendar, there are no rituals or traditions required when commemorating the death of the six million Jews murdered by the Nazis during World War II. The most important part of the day is to remember in order that such a thing should never happen again. I am particularly struck by the timeliness of a quote that is part of many Yom HaShoah services:

“To look away from evil, is this not the sin of every generation?”

Rabbi’s Chaim Stern and Albert Friedlander

My catalog lists many Holocaust books both fiction and non-fiction accounts of what happened during that terrible time. Perhaps if we can read about the past, learn how to handle bullying behavior, discuss the reactions of mobs and overcome our fear of speaking out, we can work together to prevent future tragedies.

Pleasant reading,

Kathy B.

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