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Ten Things You Can Do to Enhance Your Children’s Jewishness

Item Number  61018


Author: Joel Lurie Grishaver
Grades: Adult
Format: Eight page booklet


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This monograph for parents of “tweens” and teens deals with such topics as formal and informal Jewish education, dating, cars and self-esteem.

Teenagers are all Jacob—they all have dreams of ladders reaching into the sky. Teenagers are all about wings. That is their truth. For them, angels always ascend. They are all about flying and soaring and doing great and wonderful—absolutely heroic—amazing things. Teenagers have angels who are always leading them higher.

Parents are always realistic. That is their truth. Parents are always grounding their teenagers in reality. Parents, in fact, are always grounding teenagers. They are locked into the Torah of “Come down from there—you’ll hurt yourself?’ Parents hang like leaden weights on their teenager’s legs, trying to keep them from soaring too close to the sun, trying to keep them from ruining their oh-so-promising futures. Parent’s angels are always trying to bring their teenagers back to earth.

Being a teenager or raising a teenager (from the inside or the outside) is being locked in Jacob’s dream struggle. A ladder goes from earth to heaven—angels are going up and down. This is eternal, everlasting, midrashic truth. This is the angst. This is the joy.

A Word About Goals

Believe it or don’t, your goal is not “I want my child to marry another Jew.” That is a sterile goal. It is a perfectly good “means.” but a sterile “end?’ Your goal needs to be “I want my child to find being a Jew meaningful, and to sustain that meaning through living a dynamic, involved, commited Jewish life?’ Marriages between Jews do not—in and of themselves—sustain Judaism; commitment to Jewish living sustains Jewish life. (The latest demographic studies show that intermarried families who are committed to Jewish life do a better job of passing on Jewish values and practices than families with two Jews who share a lack of commitment to those goals.)

Ask your child to marry a Jew because Jews should marry Jews—and if you aren’t called a “racist.” the best you are doing is expressing a loyalty for the Brooklyn Dodgers. Loyalties don’t tend to limit gonads; just ask the Little Mermaid. In the world of the Colors of Benetton, in the visual vortex of MTV, people just don’t care about perserving ways of life (even people of color, even ...)
  
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