Kol Hakavod: Way to Go!

Kar-Ben. Aug. 2019. 24p. Tr $17.99. ISBN 9781541522114; pap. $7.99. ISBN 9781541538351.
PreS-Gr 1–Rhyming text introduces readers to the Hebrew expression Kol Hakavod. The literal translation is “all respect,” but it really means so much more. Kiffel-Alcheh describes it this way: “It’s everything. It’s all. It’s whole./Entire. The Most. In Hebrew, it’s kol.” “And what’s kavod? It’s gee! It’s wow./It’s honor, respect. It’s whoa, holy cow!” Double page images show different ways that children can earn this praise: giving up their seat on the subway to a pregnant woman or elderly person, picking up trash, putting money in the tzedakah (charity) box, visiting a sick friend, showing kindness to animals, sharing, teaching someone something new, and many more. The illustrations are realistic, textured, and expressive and depict a contemporary, mostly urban setting. While the examples presented, as well as the overall message that even the smallest acts of kindness can make a big difference, are certainly universal, the phrase Kol Hakavod isn’t typically heard outside of religious settings.
VERDICT Educators in Jewish schools and synagogues can pair this newest offering with It’s a— It’s a— It’s a Mitzvah! by Liz Suneby and Diane Heiman, Moti the Mitzvah Mouse by Vivian Newman, and One Good Deed by Terri Fields to inspire students to perform gemilut hasidim, acts of loving kindness.
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Thank you so much for your thoughtful and kind review of my book! I want to note that while you may hear someone say "kol hakavod" in a synagogue, it isn't a religious phrase. It is modern Hebrew. It was one of the first phrases I learned years ago from the Israeli side of my family, which is not religious.

Posted : Oct 30, 2019 04:55


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