“Let’s Stay Safe,” published by Mesorah Publications, is the newest breakthrough from Project YES, a division of Agudath Israel of America Community Services. It is written by Jewish Community Services’ Bracha Goetz.
According to Artscroll, “It may well be the most important picture book that a parent will share with his or her young child.”
We all want to keep our children safe, secure, confiden, and happy. With this book’s delightful pictures and child-friendly rhyming text, “Let’s Stay Safe” helps us give our children essential life lessons in safe and unsafe behavior – from a Jewish perspective:
- Personal safety
- Staying away from strangers
- Crossing the street safely
- Bicycle safety
- Fire safety
- Safety in the home
In language that can educate and empower, this groundbreaking book gives children the tools to stay safe and secure in our increasingly difficult world.
A Personal Message from the Author, Bracha Goetz: Over four years ago, our youngest daughter, Shira Goetz, gave me the encouragement needed to write a book designed for Orthodox children about personal safety. I “knocked on the door” of every Jewish publishing house I could think of with my safety manuscript, but no company was willing to publish it back then. It would still be just a file on my computer, if not for Rabbi Yakov Horowitz.
Over two years ago, I sent my manuscript to Rabbi Horowitz, the Director of Project YES, and he devoted himself to getting the safety book published. Along the way, the personal safety book evolved into a more comprehensive safety book that includes personal safety as another normative safety measure. That’s what makes it a major breakthrough for the Jewish world – abuse prevention being acknowledged as an essential topic to be included for parents and children to learn in order to guard their safety, right alongside fire safety. I believe that without Rabbi Horowitz’s tremendous efforts – and my daughter’s heartfelt prayers through these years – we would not be able to witness the miracle of this book being published now by Mesorah Publications, with the endorsement of Torah U’Mesorah as well, thank G-d.
Although I really only became aware of the underground world of abuse in our midst just four years ago, there has been great progress during this time in beginning the process of weeding it from our beautiful garden. It should only continue – and prevention education is key. From this whole endeavor, I learned that we don’t have to be great scholars or have lots of money or prestige to make our communities better places. If we see what needs fixing – we don’t have to be afraid – we can work on repairing things. I also learned during these four years, over and over again, that we really can never accomplish anything on our own. We need G-d to smile upon every single effort we try to make. And we need support from other individuals committed to striving for improvement.
I wrote this book to help keep our little ones safe. In the merit of reading this book to young children, may all of our precious ones be blessed to remain pure and in good health, with shining neshamas.
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