Teaching Your Children About God: A Modern Jewish Approach

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Teaching Your Children About God is a book that reaches out to those who yearn to offer their children something more than the mere material, who know that a good life and a good person derive as much from the growth of the spirit as from the world's more tangible gifts.
Because many of today's parents were raised with no formal religious training, they know little of the texts and rituals. Sensing their own neediness yet wanting to nurture their children's spirituality, they search their hearts and memories only to come up empty-handed. Now, for all these parents, Rabbi Wolpe offers a pathway into the tradition. In clear and welcoming language, he explains the important themes in Judaism and shows the many ways the religion can be passed on. Instructive and reassuring, his words offer invaluable insights into children's spiritual needs, enabling a parent to see again as a child, to understand children's fears, dreams, and hopes.

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Named the #1 Pulpit Rabbi in America (as reported in Newsweek), David J. Wolpe is the rabbi of Sinai Temple in Los Angeles and a teacher of modern Jewish religious thought at UCLA. Rabbi Wolpe writes for many publications, including The Jewish Week, Jerusalem Post, Los Angeles Times, and Beliefnet.com. He has appeared as a commentator on CNN and CBS This Morning and has been featured on the History Channel's Mysteries of the Bible. He is the author of six previous books, including the national bestseller Making Loss Matter: Creating Meaning in Difficult Times.

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Rabbi Wolpe, who has already established himself as a fine religious thinker in his previous two books, The Healer of Shattered Hearts (1990) and In Speech and in Silence (1992), writes provocatively once more, this time about children and God. Although the context is Jewish, there is much here for any parent who has wondered how to treat a subject that has almost as many pitfalls as the topic of sex. Wolpe knows how tough it is to talk about religion, especially for parents who have had little or no formal religious training themselves. His approach involves listening, questioning, mixing stories and humor. He even offers potential discussion questions at the end of each chapter, although the questions are really as much for the parent to think about as the child. And the questions are the important thing, says Wolpe. Even though families may not come up with definitive answers about life, death, joy, sorrow, and God, posing the queries is the first step on a fascinating journey that parents and children will want to share. Ilene Cooper

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