Everything I Know: Basic Life Rules from a Jewish Mother

Everything I Know: Basic Life Rules from a Jewish Mother

by Sharon Strassfeld
     
 

In a book that began as a mother's heartfelt letter to her college-bound son and daughter, the author of "The Jewish Family Book" offers a volume filled with hard-won wisdom and life lessons.  See more details below

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In a book that began as a mother's heartfelt letter to her college-bound son and daughter, the author of "The Jewish Family Book" offers a volume filled with hard-won wisdom and life lessons.

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Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
Strassfeld's newest book of homespun wisdom (she coauthored three editions of The Jewish Catalog) grows out of the mini-books she compiled as gifts for two of her college-bound kids as a kind of "armor/treasure to take on [their] journey." In the three sections ( "Know where you come from..."; "Know where you are going..."; "And before whom you will one day stand in judgment..."), Strassfeld attempts to help readers navigate difficult questions of faith and identity through family lore, anecdotes, advice and even recipes imparted in catchy one-liners as well as longer, more thoughtful pieces. Her family stories reflect the importance of being a mensch--to be generous and not to hold grudges. She advises her kids to perform active volunteer work rather than sit on boards; to realize that interesting people exist in all walks of life; and to participate in the raising of their own children. While her "Basic Life Rules" invoke universals ("Take care of your body," "Trust your instincts," etc.), her advice remains grounded in traditional Jewish life. Strassfeld encourages people to form personal relationships with Israel and lets her children know that in searching for a mate, her bottom line is "no intermarriage." While Strassfeld's writing doesn't always transcend idiosyncrasy, her rough-hewn charm and honesty are often as comforting as a bowl of hot soup. (Aug.)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780684847252
Publisher:
Scribner
Publication date:
07/07/1998
Pages:
160
Product dimensions:
5.76(w) x 7.35(h) x 0.69(d)

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