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Childrens’ Book Review- Race Up Mount Ram: A Hanukkah Story

Just in time for Hanukkah comes the new children’s book Race up Mount Ram: A Hanukkah Story. It’s the tale of two school boys who compete in a mountain race to win the title of Champion of the Maccabees. It’s a take on the classic tortoise and the hare story, but in this case winning requires not just persistence but hard work, courage, and a sense of adventure. The publisher sent me a review copy, and I’m happy to tell you about it.

The author, Melissa Berg, also wrote the Amazon best-selling Jewish children’s book Challah vs. Matza, as well as Pop Haggadah and The Challah that Took Over the House.

In the story, Chayim, who feels invisible to the world, enters the race up Israel’s Mount Ram to challenge himself and build his confidence. He’s up against his classmate Rimon, a natural athlete and the most popular kid in school. Young readers will love following Rimon and Chayim on their adventure across mountains and rushing rivers.

Chayim’s journey includes facing not only a series of tough physical challenges but his own doubts. Ultimately, it’s a story about how winning the race requires rising to challenges and being your best self.

Look for the book in your local Judaica shop or on