The Shabbat Angels

The Shabbat Angels

By Maxine Segal Handelman

Illustrated by Joani Keller Rothenberg


Paperback; 32pp $9.95

In this modern retelling of the Shabbat angels legend, Esther and Chaim’s family are put to the test!

Each week, the Shabbat angels visit homes around the world, blessing the ones that honor the Shabbat. “May next Shabbat be just like this one!” Tov, the angel of good, will say. But if they find a home where Shabbat is dishonored, then the opposite angel, Rah, gets a turn: “May next Shabbat be just like THIS one!”

Whenever the angels have visited Chaim and Esther’s family, they angels have seen laughing children, warmth, and Shabbat peace. But this week, Esther and Chaim have had a terrible disagreement, and there are no smiles- only a family with angry and sad faces. 

Will the Angel Rah get his way? Will Shabbat peace disappear from the family’s home forever? 

About the Author

Maxine Segal Handelman is the Early Childhood Education Specialist for the United Synagogue of Conservative Judaism. She is the author of Jewish Every Day, and What’s Jewish about Butterflies

About the Illustrator

 Joani Keller Rothenberg has illustrated several books for children and received two national Jewish book awards for her work.  

About Apples & Honey Press

Apples & Honey Press brings together the best authors and illustrators from North America and Israel to create memorable stories for children that illuminate the values of family, community, having fun, and being the best we can be.