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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Become more insightful, inspired parents through Jewish spiritual wisdom.

"While raising our three children, we learned a parenting secret: that bringing up a child transforms us and transforms our world. We discovered that being parents is a spiritual journey that begins in an act of love and continues through intentional actions. The Holy One bequeaths to us minimally formed creatures, all potential, morally neutral. As parents we transform those children into compassionate, loving human beings. We become partners with God."
—from the Introduction

Parenting has never been easy—but in a culture that encourages more screen time than face time, how can you make sure that your children stay connected to what really matters in life?

In this guidebook for building a strong framework for a Jewish life, Rabbi Paul Kipnes and Michelle November, MSSW, reveal the spiritual wisdom they have learned and the hard-won parenting techniques they developed that shaped their children as individuals and their family as a whole. Together, they explore spiritually nourishing approaches to help you foster essential Jewish values like gratitude, joy and honesty in your children. Kipnes and November also share timeless teachings and spirit-filled activities, rituals and prayers that will help you cultivate strong Jewish values and cherished spiritual memories in your own family.

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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 de Toledo High School in West Hills, California.

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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