New Book Teaches Children Not to Be Afraid

Just in time for Chai Elul, a new children’s book was published telling the story of the Baal Shem Tov for children. “The lesson in the book is especially relevant to our turbulent times,” author Yosef Kaufmann told Anash.org.

By Anash.org reporter

‘My First Baal Shem Tov Book’ is available for purchase at Seforimdeals.com. Free shipping, or free delivery in Crown Heights, with code ‘Anash’.

Just in time for Chai Elul, a new children’s book was published telling the story of the Baal Shem Tov for children, and teaching them the lesson he learned as a orphaned young child.

“Young children face their fears daily. Fear of the dark, fear of going too high on the swing, fear of loud noises or of going to sleep in their own room,” publishers said. “What better way to calm and reassure the children in your life than with a true story of one of our greatest leaders and teachers?”

My First Baal Shem Tov Book, published by Hachai Publishing, contains a sweet refrain and gorgeous illustrations that tell the story of young Yisrolik, a small boy just around their age, who would later grow up to become the Baal Shem Tov.

Yisrolik’s father imparted a message to his only son that he spread far and wide, a message that informed his entire life and that inspires others to this very day: “I won’t be scared. Oh, no, I won’t! Hashem is always near. I know Hashem is with me, and there’s nothing else to fear.”

Author Yosef Kaufmann told Anash.org that with all that is going on now around us, the message in this book is so relevant and important for our kids.

“My First Baal Shem Tov book is about the Baal Shem Tov in his youth. Its about the forming of the Baal Shem Tov and the words that his father instilled in him that shaped him and made him who he is today. Its a cute rhyme that’s easy for kids to follow and to understand,” he said.

The gentle comfort and encouragement in this lovely picture book will help bolster the confidence of children who need that helping hand to try new things and to conquer their fears. Laminated pages protect a book that boys and girls will want to hear and to look at over and over again.

“Stories of Tzadikim is so important for the Chinuch of our kids. My toddler was facing fears and I wanted her to have something that was approachable for her. The story of the Baal Shem Tov is a very practical application for our kids,” Yosef said.

‘My First Baal Shem Tov Book’ is available for purchase at Seforimdeals.com. Free shipping, or free delivery in Crown Heights, with code ‘Anash’.

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  1. In honor of Chai Elul , Here in New Orleans, we had a book reading of this beautiful new book on zoom today.
    It was so enjoy by many children here and the parents felt it had a deep message For all of us these days.
    The author’s sister created a great program introducing the book and then singing a Chai Elul song after dramatically reading it. Very valuable addition to any library.

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