Jewish Fathers: A Legacy of Love

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Jewish Fathers explores and honors the role of contemporary Jewish fathers in America. This beautiful, inspiring volume gathers the stories of a diverse and representative cross section of men.

Paired with sensitive and insightful duotone photographs, each subject tells in his own words what it means to be a parent and Jewish at the same time, and what he learned from his own father.

Jewish Fathers takes a look at issues facing all types of ...

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Overview

Jewish Fathers explores and honors the role of contemporary Jewish fathers in America. This beautiful, inspiring volume gathers the stories of a diverse and representative cross section of men.

Paired with sensitive and insightful duotone photographs, each subject tells in his own words what it means to be a parent and Jewish at the same time, and what he learned from his own father.

Jewish Fathers takes a look at issues facing all types of fathers in modern American society from a Jewish perspective. Issues such as balancing career and family responsibilities, intermarriage and assimilation, single parenting, education, special challenges (raising children with special needs, step-parenting, discipline, ethnic identity, and religious observance), are discussed in the context of everyday lives.

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Four years ago, Wolfson, a licensed clinical social worker, teamed up with photographer Lloyd Wolf to produce Jewish Mothers: Strength, Wisdom, Compassion. To provide balance, they now offer a companion volume on Jewish fathers. Their format is straightforward: 44 fathers were interviewed and photographed, and each one speaks for himself about his life and his experiences as a parent. These presentations tend to be autobiographical, often emphasizing activities and achievements that have nothing to do with fatherhood. Theodore Bikel, Stuart Eizenstat and Senator Carl Levin are among the celebrities who talk more about their own careers than about being a father. More space is sometimes given to the interviewee's relationship with his own father than with his children. The men selected for inclusion cover a wide range: observant, non-observant, single fathers, divorced, gay, converts, immigrants, inter-married, rural, urban, famous and obscure. What unites them is that each is a mensch, a man of rectitude and dignity who is "an upright, trustworthy person." A motif that runs throughout the book is the determination of most of the fathers to preserve Jewish continuity. Rabbi Shmuel Simenowitz, who runs a kosher, organic maple sugar farm in Vermont, tells the most unusual story. He uses draft horses for power and carefully observes the Sabbath, following intricate rules, thus setting an example for his children. Jewish sons and daughters will find that this book, which points to the diversity and dedication of Jewish fathers, makes an ideal Father's Day gift. (June) Copyright 2004 Reed Business Information.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781580232043
  • Publisher: Jewish Lights Publishing
  • Publication date: 5/28/2004
  • Pages: 144
  • Product dimensions: 11.08 (w) x 10.24 (h) x 0.67 (d)

Table of Contents

Foreword 6
Introduction 7
Gad Alon 12
Sam Bloch 16
Dr. Lawrence Fuchs 20
Senator Carl Levin 22
Lt. David Nadel 24
Rabbi Morris Goldfarb 26
Frank London 28
Gene Bluestein 32
Theodore Bikel 36
Bruce Maxwell 40
Eric Rosenthal 42
Al Wong 46
Rabbi Zalman Schachter Shalomi 48
Sandy Levine 50
Aron Lichtman 52
Sanford Schulman 54
Rabbi Shmuel Simenowitz 58
Rabbi Yosef Yitzchak Jacobson 62
Michael Turniansky 66
Joseph Menashe 68
Yaacov Hammer 70
Gerson Panitch 72
Sam Heller 76
Jeffrey Cohen 78
Cecil Alexander 82
Stuart Eizenstat 86
Richard Joel 90
Mitch Levine 92
David Zabarsky 96
Ben Stauber 98
Simms Taback 100
Dolph and Danny Schayes 102
Randy Rosen 106
Mike Candel 110
Henry Everett 112
David Frum 114
Jay Zelinsky 118
Flloyd Sobczak 122
Phil Fink 124
Russ Newman 126
Menachem Rosensaft 128
Neil Blumofe 132
Rabbi Shmuley Boteach 134
Eric Wolf 138
Glossary 141
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