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The Rabbi and the Twenty-nine Witches by Marilyn Hirsch

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I’ll be honest–this one scared me a little as a kid, but it scared me in a good way, the way ghost stories scared me. In this story, based on a Talmudic legend, a fearsome group of witches terrorizes a Jewish community every month on the full moon. The villagers fear they will simply never get to see a full moon, until an extremely clever rabbi figures out the witches’ fatal flaw and outwits them. Just be prepared to answer some questions about whether Jews believe in witches!

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Laurel SnyderLaurel Snyder is most recently the author of Baxter, the Pig Who Wanted to Be Kosher (a picture book) and Penny Dreadful (a middle grade novel). She lives in Atlanta and online at

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