Soosie, The Horse That Saved Shabbat

Meet Soosie, the lovable, resourceful horse that saves Shabbat for people living in Jerusalem during the early 20th Century.

  • Ages 4-8
  • PJ Library Selection yes

  • Association of Jewish Libraries

    A Best Jewish Holiday Book, Spring 2021

Every Shabbat, Jacob and Soosie the horse set out to deliver Ezra and Esther’s delicious challahs to their Jerusalem neighbors. But what happens when Jacob is sick? Will everyone get their challah on time for Shabbat? This heart-warming, original folktale highlights the friendship between a boy and a horse, and brings home the message that Shabbat is a day of rest for men, women and animals. Charming illustrations created by Menahem Halberstadt capture early twentieth century Jerusalem and its diverse population that had roots in the Middle East and Europe.

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