Why the Moon Only Glows

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Book by Rosenfeld, Dina, Holtzman, Yehudit

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"There can't be two lights of the same strength," complains the moon. So God solves the problem by making the sun stronger and the moon weaker. The little midrash is done in poetry with lovely pastel illustrations. Can be read to 3-6 year olds and read by 7 and 8 year olds. -- Bea Stadtler Jan. 1994

As Dov and his sister Leah prepare for bed, they ask their father to tell them why the moon only glows as compared to brightness of the sun. This story is a Midrash that discusses the differences between the sun and the moon. The Midrash says while they were first created of equal size, the moon decided one of the them should be bigger and in charge. Seeing that the moon needed to learn some humility and gratitude, G-d reduces the size and brightness of the moon. The story teaches that everyone should be happy with their lot and not be envious of others. The beautiful illustrations and simple story teaches this valuable lesson in a manner easy for young children to understand. -- Reading Ruach, December 1994

This Midrash, retold for very young children, features two small children, Leah and Dov. The children ask their abba (father) to retell the story why the sun shines so brightly and the moon can only glow. The retold Midrash is rhymed which makes it more attractive to children and the illustrations add immeasurably to the story line. As the author suggests, a lesson can also be taught from the story, namely, that one should be satisfied with whatever he gets and not begrudge the good fortune of others. The book is charming and delightful and can be enjoyed by youngsters from preschool age up. -- Jewish World News, January 1994

This story is just for you, if you would like to know, why the sun can shine so brightly, but the moon only glow! Looking for the perfect bed time story? This age-old story from the Midrash, retold in rhyme for the very young child and illustrated with dreamy watercolor paintings, creates just the right mood for sleep. -- Book Description

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Even the rhymes don't interrupt Rosenfeld's flowing version of a popular midrash that explains how the moon, sun and stars became different in size - and teaches humility along the way.

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