Values in Jewish Children's Literature

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Ganz Yaffa


Writers are supposed to be broad­minded, liberal, objective, ecumenical people. Well, I admit  that I am guilty of a very definite parochial prejudice. I happen to think that Jewish books—whether  they are humorous  and light, or grappling  with serious matters—should have something Jewish to say to their readers. And to me, "something  Jewish" means that, in some way,a  book is plugged into the central nervous system of Jewish lore and knowledge, that it looks to Jewish sources for direction, and that it starts from the premise that the foundation of Jewish truth and  wisdom—i.e.,  the  Torah—is our un­wavering focal point.


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Yaffa, Ganz. 1993. “Values in Jewish Children’s Literature”. Judaica Librarianship 7 (1–2), 22–26.
First International Symposium on Jewish Children's Literature
Author Biography

Ganz Yaffa

Yaffa Ganz holds a Bachelor of Arts de­gree in History from the University of Chi­cago. She served as the founding editor of the Young Readers Division for Feldheim Publishers (Jerusalem/New York) for ten years, and is the author of more than 200 published articles and stories in the Anglo­-Jewish press. Thirty-five of her juvenile books have been published, and several have been translated into Hebrew, Rus­sian, French, and German. She was the recipient of AJL's Sydney Taylor Body of Work Award in 1990, and is currently teaching a course in creative writing at Michlala—Jerusalem College for Women. The Ganzes live in Jerusalem.