Are You There God? It’s Me, Margaret

Margaret Simon is only 11 years old when her family moves from New York City to Farbrook, New Jersey. Margaret’s mother is Christian and her father is Jewish. Margaret was raised without a faith affiliation and is non-practicing, although she frequently prays to God in her own words, beginning by saying, “Are you there, Lord? It’s me, Margaret.” He begins to feel uncomfortable with her lack of religious affiliation. For a school assignment, she chooses to study people’s religious beliefs, hoping to solve the problem of her own religion. Part of her study involves attending different places of worship to better understand the religious practice and also to see if one of them might be right for her. She enjoys spending time with her Jewish paternal grandmother, Sylvia Simon, who loves her just the way she is and hopes Margareta will embrace Judaism after taking her to her synagogue for Rosh Hashanah services.

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