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Paperback To Raise a Jewish Child: A Guide for Parents Book

ISBN: 0465086357

ISBN13: 9780465086351

To Raise a Jewish Child: A Guide for Parents

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In a society with so many distractions, how can American Jewish parents teach their children to know and appreciate what it means to be a Jew? Updated with current resource material, this wise and practical book provides help in finding and evaluating a Hebrew school, in dealing with secular peer-group pressures on children, and in planning family observances in the home.

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Great Book

I bought this book in hardcover more than 30 years ago. I give it to friends as a gift to this day. It's just tough finding copies.

Helps for making informed choices

I have converted to Judaism in order to have a single faith marriage. Though this books additudes were a bit outdated towards interfaith relationships and does not recognize the wide spread intermarriage phenomenom, the author has a good handle on the issues affecting the Jewish identity. It is a very conservative approach to raising your child with a Jewish Identity, with a focus on early religious/cultural training.

"More is caught than taught"

This book was very helpful and included some common sense parenting advice that, quite frankly, would be nice if it was more common. The author's main focus is on Jewish education. While he does review other options it is obvious his opinion is the traditonal Hebrew school with the goal being the child will continue to be dedicated to his faith long after his/her Bar/Bat Mitzvah. He is very encouraging of an orthodox upbringing and encourages parents to be involved in their children's religious education at home and at school. The lesson is "more is caught than taught", if it's important to you it will also be important to your child (i.e. marrying within the faith). He gives examples of prayers a young child can learn so that a child can begin as soon as possible to be involved with their faith and not just a casual observer. I think the part I found most encouraging was his emphasis on good parent-child communication and the parent setting the example for their child rather than leaving it up to the rabbis and teachers. Yet another book by Rabbi Donin that will never collect dust on my book shelf, I begged for more information and advice in the end.

Not just for parents -- a must-read for any serious Jew

This book has had more impact on me than any other one book on any Jewish subject.I myself went to afternoon Hebrew schools, and was nodding throughout Donin's discussion of why they are so ineffective. My two kids are now in Jewish dayschools, and hopefully will be for the rest of their educational lives.If you're worried that your kids will either turn out "too Jewish" or "not Jewish enough," this book will alleviate fears and provide an accessible path to creating a Jewish way of life that resonates with your own level of spirituality and committment.Whether or not you have children, if you hope to be part of a Jewish community, this book is a warm and heartfelt starting point.


A MUST read for everyone who is dealing whith the infinite steps that should be climbe, during the raising of a jewish child, as she (he) should be raised.
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