Jordan and the Dreadful Golem

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Jordan and the Dreadful GolemWhat the book is about:

In the fictional Israeli town Kfar Keshet, all children have special powers derived from nature and the Kabbalah (Jewish mysticism), which they usually discover by the age of thirteen. This story describes twelve-year-old Jordan's discovery of his own special gift, and how he uses it to protect the village from the evil Lavan. Boys and girls will like this fast-paced, adventurous tale.

Jewish Content and Values

  • Modern Israeli setting and lots of Hebrew words.
  • Jordan’s family celebrates Jewish holidays like Sukkot and Yom Kippur.
  • Children of the village are trained in mystical Kabbalah from an early age.
  • Kehilla (community) is emphasized as the Kfar Keshet kids work together to make their town safe.

Positive Role Models

  • Jordan makes some mistakes, but he’s a team player and shows maturity, courage, and self-sacrifice in the plot to destroy the golem.
  • Miss Sarah is the resident wise woman and founder of Kfar Keshet. She helps each child in her village become the best they can be.

Warnings

Some children may find certain scenes in the book to be somewhat scary. These include references to a terrorist bus attack, a boy who almost drowns falling into a dam, and depictions of the villain creating a golem.

Talk it Over

  • This book revolves around the discovery of hidden powers and talents. Discuss with your family what they think their special gifts are. If you could have any super power you wanted, what would you choose?
  • A group of children were able to defeat the evil Lavan by working together. Discuss the effectiveness of teamwork and how we each belong to a number of teams: family, a group of friends, or a sports team. When is it good to work with others? When is it good to work alone?

More for you

  • Kabbalah is the Jewish mystical tradition that has developed over centuries to address basic questions of God’s existance and the hidden and esoteric power of Torah and mitzvot (Jewish laws). Throughout Jewish history, the study of Kabbalah was reserved for the most learned and was often seen as controversial. Today, the definition of Kabbalah has expanded and is sometimes associated with “new age” and the occult.
  • Golem: The 16th century Rabbi Judah ben Loew (Maharal of Prague) was a scholar whose writings had mystical undertones. After his death, rumors circulated about his magical abilities and documents emerged claiming that he had created a golem (an unformed human), which he had used to protect the Jewish community from its enemies. Golem comes from the Hebrew root galam which means raw or unformed.
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