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Wonders Never Cease

Wednesday, 11 May 2011

Frume Sarah is not from the feminists.

It’s true.

When forced to self-identify, I state that I am an equalist. Which isn’t really a movement at all. If required to choose an actual movement, I suppose I would reluctantly align myself somewhere between egalitarianism and complementarianism

So what possessed me to purchase a copy of a colouring book entitled, Women in Jewish History, is a complete mystery. But purchase it I did and the next thing I know…Poppyseed has it in her hot little hands and is reading about an amazing and varied group of women.

Emma Lazarus
Hannah G. Solomon
Hannah Senesh
Anne Frank
Ruth Bader Ginsburg
Judith Resnick

{just to mention a few}

This nothing colouring book has inspired conversations about selflessness. Bravery. Wisdom. Courage. And in unexpected ways. Poppyseed was enthralled with the bravery of the non-Jewish friends who went to great lengths to keep Anne Frank and the other occupants of the Secret Annex safe for nearly two years. Though equally impressed with Hannah Senesh’s bravery, she was particularly touched by the selflessness of non-Jews saving Jews.

Rather than set out with any agenda to teach my children about admirable Jewish figures, it turns out that by leaving this colouring book in Poppyseed’s sight was enough to get the lesson started.

I mean…who can resist a colouring book?

12 Comments leave one →
  1. the writ and the wrote permalink
    Wednesday, 11 May 2011 7:43 am

    What a great teachable moment for you and your daughter. Enjoy!

    • Frume Sarah permalink*
      Saturday, 14 May 2011 11:46 pm

      Thanks. It was completely unplanned 😉 Which is the BEST kind of teachable moment.

  2. Wednesday, 11 May 2011 10:08 am

    That’s wonderful!

    • Frume Sarah permalink*
      Saturday, 14 May 2011 11:46 pm


  3. Wednesday, 11 May 2011 10:15 am

    That’s excellent! Can’t wait for my daughter to be old enough to “get” stuff like that. Very cool!

    • Frume Sarah permalink*
      Saturday, 14 May 2011 11:47 pm

      I know. It’s been hard not to wish away the years, knowing that there are so many neat things I want to do with Poppyseed.

  4. Wednesday, 11 May 2011 12:09 pm

    How nice! Where did you find such a great coloring book?

  5. ZaydeGiraffe permalink
    Wednesday, 11 May 2011 11:15 pm

    My granddaughter’s interest in this book has caused me to look up Hannah G. Solomon. Her Bubbe is member of NCJW; I’m happy to have learned about the founder of this fine organization.

    • Frume Sarah permalink*
      Saturday, 14 May 2011 11:48 pm

      Her Bubbe’s daughter is also a life member of NCJW 😉

  6. Thursday, 12 May 2011 9:28 am

    What a great coloring book!

    • Frume Sarah permalink*
      Saturday, 14 May 2011 11:49 pm

      It really is. And it’s started some ongoing conversations that are just wonderful.

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