How to Parent “Jewishly”

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October 7, 2014

This was reprinted with permission from InterfaithFamily www.interfaithfamily.com It seems these days that we are faced with more and more choices, whether in our personal or professional lives, whether at home or in public, whether small and inconsequential or life-changing. When choosing to raise a family, we now face more options and possibilities than any generation […]

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Planting Seeds in Time

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Participant, Parenting Through a Jewish Lens
September 17, 2014

Rosh Hashanah is the head of the year:  thus, we are now in what a friend of mine calls Tush Hashanah.  It is a time for looking both forward and back, much like January, named after the two-faced Roman god Janus who decrees that we spend the first few weeks of the secular year writing […]

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Giving is Receiving

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Participant, Parenting Through a Jewish Lens
August 19, 2014

Rabbi Tarfon would say:  …It is not incumbent upon you to finish the task, but neither are you free to desist from it. —Pirkei Avot 2:21   Being at a bit of a loss for this week’s blog post, I asked my almost-eleven-year-old son for his favorite Jewish tradition, as practiced by our family. He […]

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Tough Questions from My Children: Our New PTJL Coordinator Shares Her Story

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July 31, 2014

What happens to people when they die? Where is God? Can we have a Christmas tree? These were the questions that my children were asking in 2012, the year I decided to participate in Parenting Through a Jewish Lens. I’d been hearing about the class for several years, and it seemed like the right time for […]

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Our Parenting Journey

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July 9, 2014

My wife and I heard about the Parenting Through a Jewish Lens course through our synagogue and were intrigued by the concept of parenting with a specific moralistic perspective. We have been confident in our parenting skills and are always looking for ways to help our family thrive. We are guiding our daughters as they […]

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Beating the Bedtime Blues

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Participant, Parenting Through a Jewish Lens
June 26, 2014

The story is told of Reb Zusha, the great Hasidic Master, who lay crying on his deathbed.  His students asked him, “Rebbe, why are you so sad?  Why do you cry?  After all the mitzvahs and good deeds you have done, you will surely get a great reward in heaven!” “I’m afraid!” said Reb Zusha.  […]

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“At a Good Hour”: Waiting on My First Grandchild

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Instructor, Parenting Through a Jewish Lens; Participant, Me’ah
June 25, 2014

This article was reposted with permission from ReformJudaism.org. At a good hour. At the right time. B’sha’ah tovah. That is the traditional Jewish response to learning about a pregnancy. Generally, in the United States, we say “Congratulations,” “mazel tov,” or “wonderful,” but Judaism says, “At a good hour.” I have been thinking about that phrase […]

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Why Every Parent Who Has No Time at All Should Find Time to Take Parenting Through A Jewish Lens

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June 17, 2014

In December, my husband Joel and I started the Parenting Through a Jewish Lens class at Temple Israel in Natick. Our first assignment was to decorate name cards with pictures of our family. We drew our three kids, Asher, age 8, Camille, age 3, and our baby, Zeke, then almost 14 months. We drew them […]

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Adult Learning in Boston: Parenting Through a Jewish Lens

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June 12, 2014

This blog was reprinted with permission from InterfaithFamily. Parenting Through a Jewish Lens is a program offered through Hebrew College in over a dozen locations in the Greater Boston area (many providing free child care in the daytime!). I recently participated in the program, and it was an incredible experience. The curriculum itself has been continuously updated and modified for […]

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A Jewish Parenting Class for Everyone – Early Bird Discount Through June 30, 204

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Associate Director, Parenting Through a Jewish Lens
June 12, 2014

Parenting Through a Jewish Lens, a 10-week exploration of core values is scheduled to begin October, 2014. This course touches on numerous parenting issues including how to incorporate daily rituals, how to parent during a loss, how to approach tzedakah or charity as a family, how to connect to a larger Jewish community and so much more. […]

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