In God's Hands by Lawrence Kushner, Gary Schmidt & Matthew J. Baek

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A Charming tale to remind us all that our kindness works miracles.
“When the sun sets and stars fill the sky, the square in the little town grows quiet and still. The cool air of distant hills mingles with the sweet scent of baking bread. The moon rises and glows softly. It’s the sort of place where miracles could happen.”
David and Jacob live in the same little, ordinary town, but it’s almost as if they’re from different worlds. David is so poor he can barely feed his family. Jacob is so consumed with staying rich he thinks about nothing but money. But the two men have one thing in common: they both believe that miracles are big, magical things that can only happen somewhere else, to someone else.
But when Jacob wakes up from a nap in synagogue one day, sure that God has demanded twelve loaves of bread from him, all this changes in amazing ways you’d never expect.
A delightful, timeless legend based on Jewish tradition, In God’s Hands tells of the ordinary miracles that occur when we really, truly open our eyes to the world around us.
 

About Lawrence Kushner, Gary Schmidt & Matthew J. Baek

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Lawrence Kushner is widely regarded as one of the most creative spiritual writers in America. The author of several award-winning books, Kushner has been a frequent commentator on National Public Radio's All Things Considered, and is one of the most sought-after speakers for Christian and Jewish audiences on the topic of spiritual renewal today. A rabbi, he is a leading teacher of Jewish mysticism and a member of the Skylight Paths Editorial Advisory Board.
 
Published November 7, 2012 by Jewish Lights Publishing. 32 pages
Genres: Education & Reference, Children's Books, Literature & Fiction, Religion & Spirituality. Fiction

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Thinking God has spoken to him alone, Jacob goes home, bakes 12 loaves of challah and returns to the synagogue placing the loaves within the holy ark.

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Lawrence Kushner (The Book of Miracles: A Young Person's Guide to Jewish Spiritual Awareness) and Karen Kushner (contributor to How to Be a Jewish Parent) tackle three big questions in this discussion-starter of a book: Where is God?

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The same ritual repeats week after week until the rabbi unravels the mysterious bread exchange and encourages the men to keep it up, as their hands are extensions of God's hands, doing His work.

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Reviews Philosophy About Our Affiliates Books & Audios Recently Reviewed When one enters the world as a baby, says one Jewish midrash or story, the hands are clenched as though to say, "Everything is mine.

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The authors tell us what happened next, how what Jacob thought was a command from God affected both Jacob and David, how the two men were sure they saw miracles, how the synagogue rabbi explained what had happened, and how Jacob and David lived afterwards, a life we should all live.

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