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How do you talk to your kids about God?
Raising Jewish children in today's secular culture poses unique and serious challenges. How do you instill a positive, vital sense of identity, religion, and heritage without turning off your kids or overwhelming them? How do you explain what it means to be Jewish if you are ambivalent about it yourself? And perhaps most important, how do parents who have little or no formal religious training themselves pass on rich, multilayered traditions that may have been missing from their own childhood experiences? Filled with delightful and inspiring anecdotes, thoughtful information about the history, holidays, and traditions that shape Judaism, as well as a useful glossary and thorough reference section, Becoming a Jewish Parent offers guidance on such topics as:
Using ritual to make space for feeling
Talking about God when we have our doubts
Incorporating girls into what has been a primarily male tradition
Becoming part of a community that supports your ideals
Becoming a Jewish Parent is the book to turn to at every phase of your family's spiritual quest.
From the Back Cover
"This book is a gem. It shows us how to enrich our children's lives with Judaism, from the moment they wake up to that blessed moment they fall asleep -- and everything in between. In the process, we become better parents and smarter Jews."
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-- Ari L. Goldman, author of The Search for God
"An act of love and faith on the part of its author, this is one of the finest treatments of spirituality and parenting ever published. . . . A masterpiece of intelligence and clarity."
-- Library Journal