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Teaching Your Children About God: A Modern Jewish Approach [Paperback]

By David J. Wolpe (Author)
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For modern Jewish parents, Rabbi David Wolpe offers an accessible, illuminating guide that shows them how to explain spirituality and the important themes of Judaism to their children. Through engaging and touching anecdotes, Wolpe provides parents invaluable insight into nourishing their own souls as they nuture their children's.

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Many parents find it easier to talk to their children about sex and other intimate matters than to answer questions about God, prayer, good, and evil. In fact, parents may feel they don't know the answers to such questions for themselves, much less for their young children. In Teaching Your Children About God, Rabbi David Wolpe shows Jewish parents how to openly explore the idea of God with their children. Through poignant anecdotes and practical exercises, Wolpe teaches how parents can guide children in the practice of prayer and create an atmosphere in which children feel comfortable questioning and wondering about God, life, and death. Wolpe also offers invaluable insights into children's spiritual needs, reveals the powerful effect faith can have on a child's self-esteem, and enables parents to understand their children's fears, dreams, and hopes. Perhaps most important, this wise and potentially life-changing book shows parents who may feel something missing In their own spiritual lives that it is possible to nourish their own souls even as they nurture their children's.

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Item Specifications...

Studio: Harper Paperbacks
Pages   272
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 8.05" Width: 5.4" Height: 0.7"
Weight:   0.45 lbs.
Binding  Softcover
Release Date   Dec 2, 1994
Publisher   Harper Paperbacks
ISBN  0060976470  
ISBN13  9780060976477  
UPC  099455012003  

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Register your artisan biography and upload your photo! Rabbi David J. Wolpe is rabbi of Sinai Temple in Los Angeles, and author of Why Faith Matters, among other books.

David J. Wolpe currently resides in the state of California.

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Teaching Your Children About God  Apr 13, 2007
I really enjoyed this book. David J. Wolpe is a wonderful Author. The first book I ever read of his was " In Speech and In Silence: The Jewish Quest for God" , it was a little difficult, because of the vocab,but it taught me a lot in my search of understanding faith in God from the Jewish point of view. "Teaching Your Children About God" is another masterpiece. This tells you in detail,from using the first angle of a childs imagination to teach them about the Lord, To common aspects of God we should teach our children such as Gods Love and Justice and Prayer.It also touches on the hard things in life such as death. Read this book even if you don't have kids it will give you a step by step approach to life and faith in God from aspects the we as adults every now and than need to revisit.
Absolutely wonderful...  Feb 22, 2007
I first became aware of Rabbi Wolpe through his television appearances. He is frequently a commentator on the programs "Ancient Almanac", "Mysteries of the Bible," and other religious programs produced for the Discovery and History Channels. I have always found him remarkably eloquent, insightful, and wise. I checked this book out of my local library after the birth of my first child. Although I am not Jewish, I cannot imagine finding a better resource for how to talk, one day, to my children about God. Beyond that, I found the book to be personally inspiring because, obviously, such a book causes one to reflect on one's own understanding of God, and mine was most definitely enriched. I am sure that I will re-read this book many times for my own personal reflection before I ever consult it for advice on how to answer my child's questions.

In terms of the "Modern Jewish Approach," rituals such as the Sabbath dinner, Passover, Yom Kippur, the bris, etc... are mentioned frequently; stories and anecdotes from the Talmud, Midrash and centuries of Jewish scholars and storytellers are generously sprinkled throughout the book, however there wasn't anything mentioned that I felt I "couldn't use" because I am not Jewish. In fact, I plan to look for more because I found the anecdotes and stories most helpful in explaining complicated, philosophical issues.

Among the issues discussed in the book are: Where does God come from? Did He write a book? Is He a She? Where to look for God? What does God want from us? Why are there different religions? Does God hear our prayers? Why does God permit evil? Why do we die? Is there a heaven and/or hell? Does God still talk to us? And many others I have not listed.

The book is delightfully readable and I would highly recommend it to anyone, parent or not, Jewish or not, who is looking to have their notion of God reinvigorated and challenged.
Wolpe's approach may be Jewish, but you don't have to be!  Dec 6, 2000
The wisdom Wolpe offers in this gem of a book transcends Judaism, and really offers creative ways for parents of any religion to open their children's minds (and their own!) to the basic concepts of a loving God who created the world and cares about what we do and what happens to us. It also paves the way for exploration of difficult issues like suffering and unfairness in the world.

Wolpe never gets preachy; rather, he suggests ways to create shared moments with your child not just to teach but to validate his or her views on religion. A child who asks, "Why did God give Moses a speech impediment?" might not need an answer. He might be waiting to tell you, as Wolpe touchingly recounts, "So my sister wouldn't feel so bad" (because of HER speech impediment).

That's the kind of God Wolpe wants kids and adults to share -- a God who cares about us and our feelings, even little girls who stutter. His chapters are at once deeply philosophical and eminently practical. You can tell just by reading this book that Wolpe is a man who knows kids and knows God and sees how naturally the two go hand-in-hand.

Of course, because there's a child in each and every one of us, there is always the possibility that this book can help US re-establish connections to the divine that we haven't felt since childhood. And that, as they say in the credit card ads, is priceless.

Incredible and inspiring.  Jun 17, 1997
This is a must read for anyone who has questions on how to interpret religion for children

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