Category Archives: Parenting Through a Jewish Lens

Community Blog voting 2016

Election Day and Mindful Parenting

In 2008, I took my sweet, spirited 3-year-old daughter Anna with me to vote. As part of our regular Tuesday schedule at the time, my in-laws were over for a few hours that afternoon to help. They stayed home with adorable 7-month-old Eleanor while Anna and I walked, hand-in-hand, to our polling place a few blocks away.  I showed Anna how I filled out the paper form and she helped… Read Article →

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The 11 Qualities Needed to Teach PTJL

Much is made of the difficulty of raising tweens and teenagers in our chaotic and confusing world. Tweens and teens have significant developmental transitions to make and they are being asked to grow up faster than ever. When one looks for guidance in how to raise tweens and teens thoughtfully and realistically as Jews in our pluralistic society, there are not that many places to look. The opportunity to address… Read Article →

Parenting Through a Jewish Lens emily mathis with daughter final

Counting down… and making way for enlivening

Even if you pay only scant attention, it’s hard to avoid the countdown to Election Day.  We may be reminded to register to vote, make contributions, and perhaps to help get out the vote.  At the same time, there is another countdown, once the Hebrew month of Elul begins (this year, it started on September 4th). We may be reminded by the call of the shofar or simply the date… Read Article →

Community Blog Teenage daughter looking messages in a smartphone and ignoring her furious mother. Bad family communication concept by new technologies

Peacefulness in our Non-Stop World

You Asked, We Listened! In response to the most pressing needs and interests of parents raising teens, we at Parenting Through a Jewish Lens are excited to announce an updated Parenting Your Teen Through a Jewish Lens curriculum. As the parent of two not-yet-teenage daughters who are preoccupied with technology, one of the topics that especially interests me is the session Peacefulness in our Non-Stop World  (Shalom Bayit).  In Catherine… Read Article →

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When Mourning Is Not Yet Done (Parshat Hukkat, Numbers 19:1-22:1)

Shabbat can function as a break from the unbearably real. We spend our week not only consumed by our personal struggles, large and small, but also tuned to the news, sometimes stunned by, sometimes merely inured to, the near-constant reminders of how broken is the world in which we dwell. Then come the 25 hours of respite that Shabbat provides. For those, me included, who have the practice of disconnecting… Read Article →

Community Blog elisha 2016

Are we Off Topic?

Five sets of parents sat around the stylish South End living room, all very comfortable with one another after two-plus years of learning together. This comfort wasn’t just an extension of the hours they’d sat swapping parenting struggles and tips, or looking at texts to find layers of meaning that could add to their family life. They’d also spent time with one another’s families outside of the monthly meetings, and… Read Article →

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A Kosher State of Mind…

What is it with Jewish holidays and food?  We each have our seasonal favorites.  Latkes on Chanukah, Matza brie on Passover, apples and honey on Rosh Hashanah; they all come and go with the cycle of the Jewish calendar.  This week, I am preparing dairy foods for the upcoming holiday of Shavuot, which marks the giving of the Torah on Mount Sinai.  One reason for eating dairy is that the… Read Article →

Parenting Through a Jewish Lens Elizabeth Bailey Strzetelski

Chores for Shabbat

This fall, my husband and I participated in Parenting Through a Jewish Lens (PTJL) at BJEP. It has given us the confidence to explore our own personal Jewish identities and create meaningful family traditions. The session “Shabbat: A Time to Reconnect and Recharge” inspired us to do just that. Over the past few months, Shabbat has become a time to unplug from the external world and to focus on the internal… Read Article →

Community Blog Robin F

Neither Vertical nor Horizontal, But at an Angle

There are certain moments of Jewish parenting that are so well-defined and ritualized that managing our way through them is, if not easy, at least clear. We are shepherded through life cycle moments like brit milahs and b’nai mitzvah with lots of congregational and rabbinic support. The Jewish playbook covers these situations explicitly – and we parents can feel confident in our response. Unfortunately for most of us, those clear-cut… Read Article →

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The Perfect Job

“Sounds like the perfect job for you Mom”, my 19 year old son said to me wryly, “You’re a parent and you’re Jewish.” Would that it were so simple. As new parents, we are reminded frequently that children are not born with a manual. Yet, Jewish text and tradition can serve as guides that help us navigate the daily challenges of raising kids. Creating a home rich in Jewish values… Read Article →