Knock Knock Knock – Knocking on the Door!
Written by: Devora Boosheri
Illustrated by: Eitan Eloa
Yael, the neighbor, keeps her home and heart wide open, with room for neighbors large and small. When hospitality comes from the heart, it leads her neighbors to host Yael just as generously and gladly. Like the tenants living in this Jerusalem building, we too can knock on our neighbors' doors, and become better acquainted with the people living close by, in the spirit of the famous proverb:
Let your house be open wide
(Mishnah, Ethics of the Fathers 1:5)
Reading together, experiencing together
This story prompts a discussion about neighbors and relationships: You may enjoy asking one another which neighbors you know, and come up with an activity that would help you get to know a family that lives nearby better. You, parents, are welcome to share stories about the neighbors living near your childhood home: Who were they, and what did you do together?
Pleased to meet you – Getting to know your neighbors
You could, perhaps, prepare something together to give to your neighbors: It could be something to eat, a drawing, or a letter that you could leave by the door. You could even just visit them and ask them how they are doing. And the simplest suggestion of all: Smile when you see your neighbors, and say: "Hi, how are you?" and "Have a great day!"
Fun at home
The characters in this book do lots of fun things at Yael's house! You could look at the illustrations, choose an activity that interests you, and do it yourself, or with the rest of your family.
A home of your own
The children in this book make a building out of boxes. You can do the same! Find different-sized boxes and build a home from them for yourselves or your toys. Don’t forget to invite your neighbors over to visit!