When Yussel asks to accompany Reb Meir and his sons to the synagogue, he is answered kindly but firmly by Reb Meir. The eldest son pokes fun at the poor, uneducated orphan, because Yussel cannot read; therefore, how could he pray?
While Yussel fasts and watches the cows, Reb Meir and his sons mouth the words while thinking about making money, taking trips, and getting home to the boiled potatoes and herring.
Can a ragged, dirty, unlearned, orphaned cowherd offer God a true prayer?
In this gentle retelling of a Jewish folktale, Cohen draws the reader into the minds and hearts of the rich landowner and the poor, orphaned cowherd. Older children will enjoy Reb Meirs humor, and younger children will relax into the beauty of the story. Although Cohen introduces some jewish terms and traditions, meanings are always obvious from the actions of Reb Meirs family. Best of all, piety is not rewarded, true-heartedness is. This is a fine bedtime story as well as an excellent Sunday-School reading.
- 1981 Barbara Cohen
Choosing a Book Format
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