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How to Raise a Jewish Child: A Practical Handbook for Family Life Paperback – August 26, 2008
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i thought this book would at least give me some ideas...and it does this plus so much more.
i have actually learned tons from just reading the first few chapters (with new baby -not alot of time for reading)...things that i never learned in my childhood about jewish traditions and prayers and holidays.
i even impressed my brother who married into an orthodox family when i recited the prayer for 'firsts' when he was with us when the baby saw her first snow.
i really feel much more confident that i can teach my daughter some valuable lessons that i hope will become a part of her life that will always be with her.
i recommend this book to those of us who just never got the 'jewish stuff' from our growing up and want to give their kids more than just bagels and lox.
it also gives us tools for answering so many of the questions that jewish kids will ask their parents, and i firmly believe that the way we answer these questions will make a difference in our kids level of commitment to their jewish heritage.
If only it was that easy. As a parent of two Jewish teenagers, do I wish I had this book 14 years ago? Maybe so! The subtitle of this book is, A Practical Handbook for Family Life. I would have rather seen it titled a guide versus a handbook. Then I wouldn't feel guilty for the pages I skimmed through and for those I didn't even read.
The authors state this is a book of strategies and tools in raising your children. They stress that this book is also a celebration of Jewish life. The celebration focus is what makes this book so versatile because it allows the Jewish or non-Jewish reader a wonderful overview of the Jewish cycle of life. Chapter titles range from "Creating a Jewish Space" to "Making Community" to chapters broken down into the child's respective age. The chapter "Defining Jewish Time" gives a wonderful look at the Jewish holidays, including the Sabbath, and supplies a variety of prayers necessary to each important holiday.
I found this chapter the most educational. Because of this chapter not only is this book helpful for parents raising Jewish children but helpful to couples entering interfaith relationships.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Perfect condition, fast delivery...interesting book full of great advice!Published 17 months ago by DB
Wonderful book, however,...it is impossible to read. I am surprised noone mentioned here that the text is so so small that it is extremely hard read. Read morePublished 23 months ago by Dina
This book is clearly written for Jewish families who live in or near Jewish communities. I was hoping for how parents can raise Jewish children regardless of where they live.Published on January 3, 2014 by Edward Meyers
We are very secular jews looking to put some of our culture in our child's life. This book has some good ideas.Published on July 24, 2013 by Dan Pollak
Great way to study up on holidays and traditions. Tons for details and explanations but easy to read and understand. A great way to incorporate Judiasm into family life.Published on March 23, 2013 by J. Adelman