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Written by Rabbi Micah Lapidus

Meet ShiraOne morning an adorable little girl with brown hair, inquisitive eyes, and a big, huge smile woke up and climbed out of bed. It was a very exciting day for her because she was going to meet someone very special and important- her mother. “Her mother?” you ask. “But what little girl with brown hair, inquisitive eyes, and a big huge smile doesn’t know her own mother?” The answer is: A special little girl named Shira.

When Shira, the imaginary little girl at the center of Galia Sabbag’s, new series of Jewish children’s books, meets her mother, she will be meeting a truly exceptional human being. A teacher deeply devoted to her students, having impacted thousands of lives in her “few” years of experience. An educator who believes in the spiritual lives of her children, helping them discover the richness of Jewish ritual and tradition. A world class baker who needs only the flimsiest of excuses to try a new recipe out on her Davis Academy KEHILAH. A person who embodies all of Davis’ menschlichkeit values with a smile.

I feel that I speak for all of us when I say that being a part of Davis Academy faculty fills us up. Between our kids, our colleagues, and yes, even our parents, our lives are enriched and enriching. Many of us need a place to put all of the emotion, all of the insight, and some of the residual energy that remains at the end of the day. Galia, you’ve drown on these resources to create a great gift for the Jewish people- the Shira series. As your Davis family we have even more reason to rejoice in your 2nd daughter, Shira, because, she’s our daughter too. The students who inspired Shira are Davis Academy students. The loving parents and teachers that guide her are inspired by colleagues in this room and from past years. Thank you for giving us the ability to see ourselves beautifully illustrated, lovingly animated, and available for purchase on Amazon! We expect 1 Shira book per month for the next 10 years! Mazal Tov!

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