Jewish Spiritual Parenting: Wisdom, Activities, Rituals and Prayers for Raising Children with Spiritual Balance and Emotional Wholeness

Jewish Spiritual Parenting: Wisdom, Activities, Rituals and Prayers for Raising Children with Spiritual Balance and Emotional Wholeness


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How do we guide children to be spiritually attuned, Jewishly connected people? Which actions, practices and creative rituals will nurture our children toward spiritual openness?

As children's lives increasingly move online, parents struggle with the inevitable challenge: How do we help cultivate and stay a part of our children’s inner lives, gaining direct insight into their hearts and minds? This lively, practical handbook is a window into distinctive parenting methods that enable children to discover gratitude, hope, joy and meaning. It also helps parents and children develop the communication tools to share and celebrate their spirituality with their family and community.

Chock full of ideas that are at once imaginative yet anchored in Jewish tradition, it offers parents, grandparents, teachers and anyone who interacts with children creative first steps and next steps to make the Jewish holidays and every day engaging and inspiring. Readers learn to capitalize on car talk, frapp chats and bedtime rituals to unlock a child’s spirit and soul. Admitting that parenting is exhausting, readers are encouraged to forgive themselves for their imperfections and to laugh at the messiness of raising children.

With generous doses of humor and accessible illustrations from real life, Jewish Spiritual Parenting guides parents to embrace the work and wisdom of spiritual growth and in so doing make family life immensely rewarding and deeply fulfilling.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781580238212
Publisher: Turner Publishing Company
Publication date: 08/12/2015
Pages: 224
Product dimensions: 5.90(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.70(d)

About the Author

Rabbi Paul Kipnes is spiritual leader of Congregation Or Ami in Calabasas, California. A former camp director, North American Federation of Temple Youth regional advisor and national award-winning Jewish educator, he lectures regularly on raising ethical, resilient Jewish children.

Michelle November, MSSW, is the former national college director of the Union for Reform Judaism. She has guided families of all ages as a parenting teacher, a family camp retreat designer and most recently as an admissions officer at New Community Jewish High School in West Hills, California. They have been married for twenty-five years and are raising three children.

Table of Contents


Part 1
Building Foundations for Spiritual Parenting

1. Searching for Spirituality: Fostering Ruchaniyut in Our Children's Minds and Hearts
2. Partnership, Pluralism, and Peace: Shutafut as a Spiritual Parenting Strategy
3. Holding Them Close, Letting Them Grow: The Tzimtzum of Spiritual Parenting
4. Transmitting Our Heritage Through the Generations: The Spiritual Significance of Mishpacha and L'dor Vador
5. Truths We Know: Sharing Emet with Our Children

Part 2
Practicing Spiritual Living for Spiritual Growth

6. Living Holy Lives: Kedoshim Tiheyu at Bedtime, at Wake-Up, and Throughout the Day
7. Each Child Is Unique: Embracing B’tzelem Elohim
8. Caring for Body, Mind, and Spirit: Strengthening and Preserving God’s Gift with Shmirat HaGuf
9. Reframing and Decision Making: Empowering Our Children to Explore Alternatives Through Davar Acher
10. Opening Our Hearts with Kindness: Instilling Chesed and Gemilut Chasadim into Everyday Life
11. Living Joyfully: Finding Simcha at the Center of Life

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