Almost A Minyan
By Lori S. Kline & Susan Simon
Published by Sociosights Press, April 2017
Jewish synagogue worship requires a quorum of ten adults - a minyan - in order for Torah to be read and some services to be held. Our young heroine is keen and eager to grow up and fulfil her ambition to join her beloved father and grandfather as part of the minyan at her local shul.
Sometimes the congregation struggles to find ten adults to make up the minyan and being able to take part herself seems a long way off as she wistfully describes the joy her father and grandfather feel as they attend services at the synagogue and observe the Jewish religious requirements.
Her life continues as normal, until her grandfather falls ill and sadly dies. Her world is turned upside down by this sad loss. However, it is not too long until the wonderful day arrives when her father reminds her that her Hebrew birthday is here and she is at last old enough to count as one of the minyan for morning prayers at the synagogue.
When she gets there, she is now officially part of the minyan, and to her utter joy and delight, she receives another wonderful gift too.....
The story describes Jewish life, bereavement, grief, worship and happiness, all seamlessly integrated in this lovely book, told in verse throughout and delightfully illustrated. It has been an absolute delight and a pleasure to review!
Many thanks to Sociosights Press for sending me a digital copy to read and review.