The kids' companion to the award-winning Putting God on the Guest List, 3rd Ed.: How to Reclaim the Spiritual Meaning of Your Child’s Bar or Bat Mitzvah
Used as an inspiring part of bar/bat mitzvah preparation for parents in hundreds of congregations around the world.
Jewish youngsters and their parents need to turn inward at bar and bat mitzvah time and ask themselves these hard questions: "Why are we doing this? What does it all mean?"
At last, a guide especially for kids, to help them spiritually prepare for their bar/bat mitzvah. Explains the core spiritual values of Judaism to young people in a language they can understand. Questions at the end of each chapter engage kids and let them offer their own thoughts. A special section helps parents and kids find places to perform acts of tzedakah to honor the eventnewly revised and updated.
|Publisher:||Turner Publishing Company|
|Edition description:||2nd Edition, Revised and Expanded|
|Product dimensions:||6.10(w) x 9.10(h) x 0.60(d)|
|Age Range:||11 - 13 Years|
About the Author
Rabbi Jeffrey K. Salkin is recognized as one of the most thoughtful Jewish writers and teachers of his generation. He has helped people of all ages find spiritual meaning in both the great and small moments in life.
A noted author whose work has appeared in many publications, including the Wall Street Journal, Reader's Digest and the Congressional Record , Rabbi Salkin is editor of The Modern Men's Torah Commentary: New Insights from Jewish Men on the 54 Weekly Torah Portions and Text Messages: A Torah Commentary for Teens ; and author of Being God's Partner: How to Find the Hidden Link Between Spirituality and Your Work , with an introduction by Norman Lear; the best-seller Putting God on the Guest List: How to Reclaim the Spiritual Meaning of Your Child's Bar or Bat Mitzvah ; For KidsPutting God on Your Guest List: How to Claim the Spiritual Meaning of Your Bar or Bat Mitzvah and Righteous Gentiles in the Hebrew Bible: Ancient Role Models for Sacred Relationships (all Jewish Lights), among other books.
Table of Contents
PREFACE TO THE SECOND EDITION 7ACKNOWLEDGMENTS 11
1 • Beyond "Today I Am a Man/a Woman"THE REAL HISTORY OF BAR AND BAT MITZVAH 152 • “Speak to the Children of Israel”THE SECRET MEANING OF BAR AND BAT MITZVAH 283 • Why Are These People Crying?WADING IN THE RIVER OF TEARS 344 • Hearing God's VoiceTHE MEANING OF TORAH 435 • Putting the MitzvahBack in Bar and Bat Mitzvah 596 • Rites and Wrongs of PassagePUTTING THE PARTY IN PERSPECTIVE 777 • To a Skeptical Jewish Kid 868 • A Road Map to the Shabbat Morning Worship ServiceFINDING YOUR PLACE IN THE WORDS 959 • After the Thank-You NotesLIFE AFTER BAR AND BAT MITZVAH 119
GLOSSARY 130A LIST OF PLACES FOR YOUR TZEDAKAH 132SUGGESTIONS FOR FURTHER READING 138