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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A New View of the Narrow Bridge

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Instructor, Parenting Through a Jewish Lens
May 27, 2014

I really didn’t think this text was going to resonate but I tried it anyway.  The topic was risk-taking behavior – and the parents were getting more and more anxious with each passing minute, as they imagined their ‘tweens “doing what they did as teenagers,” testing the limits either with alcohol, drugs or sex.   While […]

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A Parenting Through a Jewish Lens Toolkit

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Participant, Parenting Through a Jewish Lens
May 22, 2014

After a few gentle nudges from my sister, my husband Alan and I decided to register for Parenting Through a Jewish Lens last fall. We had moved to the suburbs only a month earlier and though we wanted our then 5 year-old to begin Hebrew school, choosing a synagogue felt overwhelming. The PTJL class seemed […]

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Our Children Are Not Us by Rabbi David Jaffe

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Instructor, Parenting Through a Jewish Lens
May 13, 2014

In the 1990s film classic, Austin Powers, Dr. Evil has a clone who he calls “Mini-me.”  The mini-me looks just like Dr. Evil except he is one eighth his size. When my first son was younger I had a secret hope that he would be my mini-me. He would love playing soccer and studying Torah.  […]

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Modeh Ani

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Participant, Parenting Through a Jewish Lens
May 6, 2014

“Modeh ani l’fanecha….” A group of moms and dads sits around a table in the synagogue library, eager to see what centuries of prayer and rabbinic wisdom can tell us about how to raise our kids. It’s the first day of parenting class, and we are squinting through our Jewish lenses.  The first topic is […]

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Recreating Passover Memories for Our Children

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Associate Director, Adult Learning
April 3, 2014

Scallions transformed into the whips of Egyptian task masters, an imaginary suitcase for a journey from Egypt to the Promised Land and someone in an embroidered Egyptian ensemble—these are my childhood memories from the Passover seders my family and I enjoyed with friends in their very eclectic home. Our friends had nine children; the father […]

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