Sun and Moon, Together

Sun and Moon, Together is a small book and a father-daughter collaboration, prepared in honor of the August 2017 total solar eclipse. A mini literary magazine of sorts, it represents an initial part of a broader Beyond Noah's Ark sun/moon project that is in the works.

Sun and Moon, Together includes different approaches by which we can observe and appreciate the spiritual significance in the cosmic presentation of the sun and moon during a total eclipse. An essay, by Nehemia Polen, explores the astronomy involved which then becomes a springboard for examining the moon in the Jewish imagination, in particular in the Rabbinic tradition. An illustrated poem by Adina Polen is a retelling of a story from the Talmud about the creation of the sun and moon and is meant for children and adults to share. Finally, a selection of family centered discussion questions and activities are included for further exploration. 

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After you've gotten to read/use the book,  we'd love it if you'd return and share your experience: Did you print it out? With whom did you use it? Was there anything that you particularly loved, or something that really didn't resonate with you? Any and all feedback are most encouraged, especially since we hope to revise and expand this work to a larger sun/moon project -- we'll keep you posted!

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About the authors

Nehemia Polen is Professor of Jewish Thought at Hebrew College in Newton Center, MA. An award winning author on Hasidism, he is a widely recognized authority on Jewish Spirituality from a contemporary perspective. He lives with his wife Lauri in Boston, MA and Jerusalem. Adina Polen is his daughter!

Adina Polen is the founder of Beyond Noah's Ark, a framework to support collaborative creation of interactive Judaica for families to use in the home. She is a designer and illustrator, and lives with her family in Berkeley, California. Nehemia Polen is her dad!