Keeping the Promise: A Torah's Journey
Keeping the Promise: A Torah's Journey

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Series: Holocaust   

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Annotation: A small Torah scroll passes from a Dutch rabbi, to a Bar Mitzvah boy during the Holocaust, to the first Israeli astronaut.
Catalog Number: #5394
Format: Perma-Bound Edition
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Publisher: Kar-Ben
Copyright Date: 2003
Edition Date: c2003
Illustrator: Orback, Craig,
Pages: 32
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ISBN: Publisher: 1-580-13118-2 Perma-Bound: 0-605-01611-9
ISBN 13: Publisher: 978-1-580-13118-6 Perma-Bound: 978-0-605-01611-8
Dewey: 296.4
LCCN: 2003010520
Dimensions: 26 cm.
Language: English
Horn Book
When a Dutch rabbi is sent to a concentration camp, he helps a boy have a Bar Mitzvah and entrusts a tiny Torah scroll to him. The boy survives to tell the story--and to send the Torah into space with the first Israeli astronaut, who perished in the 2003 Columbia explosion. Muted color illustrations combine well with the somber text for a moving story of survival.
School Library Journal
Gr 1-5-A Dutch rabbi named Simon Dasberg carried a tiny Torah scroll with him wherever he went. He even carried it with him to Bergen-Belsen. There, he carried out a Bar Mitzvah for a 13-year-old boy in the concentration camp. He gave the tiny Torah scroll to him as a gift, commanding him to keep it and always tell the story. It was this very scroll that was taken into space by Israeli astronaut Ilan Ramon aboard the ill-fated Columbia. His inspiring words were "This little Sefer Torah in particular shows the ability of the Jewish people to survive everything, even the darkest of times, and to always look forward with hope and faith for the future." This book belongs on the shelves of Hebrew day schools and synagogue libraries nationwide. Paired with Barbara Sofer's Ilan Ramon: Israel's Space Hero (Kar-Ben, 2004), it will give students insight into a true hero's journey as well as a lesson in history and humanity. Orback's full-page oil paintings tell a story in themselves; while some tend to be on the dark side, they are in keeping with the tone of the presentation.-Sandra Kitain, Abrams Hebrew Academy, Yardley, PA Copyright 2004 Reed Business Information.
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Word Count: 1,277
Reading Level: 4.6
Interest Level: 2-5
Accelerated Reader: reading level: 4.6 / points: 0.5 / quiz: 78799 / grade: Lower Grades
Guided Reading Level: R
Fountas & Pinnell: R

Follow the incredible journey of a small Torah scroll from a Dutch rabbi to a Bar Mitzvah boy during the Holocaust and finally to Ilan Ramon, the first Israeli astronaut, who died on space shuttle Columbia.

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