Category Archives: Adult Learning

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Gratitude in the Morning

On a recent drive to preschool, my 4-year-old daughter and I were talking about how we say “thank you” to God at bedtime. She asked, “Can we say thank you in the morning too?” I responded to my daughter saying we can say thanks whenever she wants, and that our tradition has a special morning prayer just for this purpose called Modeh Ani. מוֹדֶה אֲנִי לְפָנֶיךָ, מֶלֶךְ חַי וְקַיָּם, שֶׁהֶחֱזַרְתָּ… Read Article →

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Hitting ‘Reset’ on My Parenting

“Mommy,” my eight-year-old daughter asked, “How did you learn how to take care of babies and kids? How did you know what to do?” What timing! It was early Sunday morning and we were driving to Temple Beth Elohim in Wellesley; she was going to attend Limud Hebrew School, and I was going to attend Parenting Through a Jewish Lens with Rabbi Philip Sherman. As all parents quickly discover, there… Read Article →

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The Value of Community

The tumult of work commitments, aging parents, children with different needs, nurturing relationships, and hobbies — how can anyone possibly balance all of that while caring for young children — not to mention caring for oneself? While Parenting Through a Jewish Lens (PTJL) doesn’t provide easy solutions, it does offer a framework for discussion and thought, a chance to delve into age-old wisdom and modern interpretations. As the instructor for… Read Article →

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Letting Our Values Lead the Way…

Parenting Through a Jewish Lens has been a truly introspective and transformative class. Not only was our instructor Jeff Amshalem a thoughtful and insightful leader, but were we surrounded by other parents who lent new ideas and camaraderie to the daily parenting struggles we so often sweep aside. Jeff encouraged us to look at parenting from various angles and pinpoint what our ultimate goals and dreams are for our children…. Read Article →

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Showing Up to Wrestle with God

In preparation for facilitating my first PTJL group I perused the curriculum and was very excited by the themes and accompanying texts that we would be exploring together.  What parent couldn’t identify with the joys and “oys” of parenting?  However there was one question that kept nagging at me: what happens if God-talk is a real stumbling block for some in the group? How do I navigate that gracefully, making… Read Article →

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The Power of Parenting in Community

A phrase I often repeat to my son comes from Mister Rogers: “There’s no person in the world like you; and I like you just the way you are.” As the first six weeks of my Parenting Through a Jewish Lens (PTJL) class came to a close at Temple Isaiah in Lexington, I found myself thinking of that phrase in a different way. I realized, there are no parents in… Read Article →

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In Praise of This Very Moment

My 5-year-old son just walked himself next door to play with the neighbors. Getting ready for the fifty-foot journey, with the temperature hovering around 12° and plow berms rising higher than he is tall, he fought with me. Sitting down may make it easier to get his snow pants on, but it’s screamingly awful that I’m right about that. The zipper gets stuck, and when I reach out to help… Read Article →

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Shehecheyanu

The Shehecheyanu is a blessing of thankfulness. It is traditionally said at the beginning of holidays and to celebrate joyous occasions. You can also say this blessing to mark family milestones and other special moments. Blessed are You, Adonai our God, Sovereign of the Universe, who has kept us alive and sustained us and permitted us to reach this time. Baruch atah Adonai Eloheinu Melech ha’olam Shehecheyanu, v’kiy’manu, v’higianu, laz’man… Read Article →

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5 Tips from a Parent-Coach

Keith Dropkin, Vice President for Finance & Administration at Hebrew College, is also a coach for USA Curling, training athletes in the US Olympic High Performance Program. His teams have represented the country at World Championships, Youth Olympics and other international events across Europe, Canada and throughout the US. Keith was an athlete in his younger days, playing soccer competitively for 25 years, and at the national level in curling… Read Article →

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13 lessons Learned from Parenting Through a Jewish Lens in its B’nai Mitzvah Year

I first heard about Parenting Through a Jewish Lens (PTJL) – then called Ikkarim – from a friend in 2006. We were seated next to each other at a Rosh Chodesh group as I nursed my infant. She raved about the program, then in its second year, and told me I should sign up. Fast forward several years, and in 2012 I registered for PTJL and agreed to be the… Read Article →