Righteous Reads: Time-tested Picks for Young Adults

Micol Ostow, author of So Punk Rock (And Other Ways to Disappoint Your Mother), is guest-blogging all week with MyJewishLearning and Jewish Book Council.
It occurs to me that after the somewhat irreverent tone of my last post, I may have given the impression that I’ve taken a very “out with the old, in with the new” attitude toward Jewish children’s literature. And while I do (clearly) appreciate authors who are incorporating religious and spiritual themes into fresh, modern narratives, obviously I didn’t become a young adult author myself within a vacuum. Continue reading here.


2 responses to “Righteous Reads: Time-tested Picks for Young Adults

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  2. This looks like an interesting addition to Jewish books for the young audience. I would not view it as irreverant or irrelevant.

    We are all influenced by our youthful experiences. To that end, books that help young Jews connect with their ancestral religion can only be viewed as helpful.

    Many authors use a book, novel or screenplay to support political or social beliefs; or to cry out for morality and ethical principles. This is no more clearly evident than with Holocaust books and films. Whenever we stand up to those who deny or minimize the Holocaust, or to those who support genocide we send a critical message to the world.

    The same applies to authors who help young people connect with their heritage. These connections are ciritial to our survival as a religion.

    Many authors feel compelled to use their talent to promote moral causes. Holocaust books and movies carry that message globally, in an age when the world needs to learn that genocide is unacceptable. Such authors attempt to show the world that religious, racial, ethnic and gender persecution is wrong; and that tolerance is our progeny’s only hope.

    I support all efforts to bridge the gap between our current culture and our ancestors. These are the connections that help make contemporary society and Judaism a common thread.

    Charles Weinblatt
    Author, “Jacob’s Courage”

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