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How to Raise a Jewish Child: A Practical Handbook for Family Life

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This updated edition of the classic parenting book combines insights from Jewish tradition with contemporary thinking about how children learn and grow. And it describes the practices, customs, and values that go into creating a Jewish home and raising joyful children within the rich traditions of Judaism.
Paperback, 320 pages
Published August 26th 2008 by Schocken (first published September 5th 2000)
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Tipper
May 06, 2010 rated it it was ok
This is mostly regurgitated from Living a Jewish Life: Jewish Traditions, Customs and Values for Today's Families and, thus, is pretty dull if you've recently read that book. Most of the parenting advice is very standard: teenagers want to rebel - who knew?

The part about circumcision riled me up. Throughout the whole book there is a lot of "Oh, you should do whatever works for your family" stuff, yet when it comes to circumcision, the quote about "If we stop circumcising, we stop being Jews" is
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Vicki
Aug 16, 2019 rated it liked it
Some parts of this book are very nice: suggesting how to create Shabbat rituals when everyone in the family is busy on Friday nights, or catering to toddler needs during holidays. Others are just horrible and outdated. Additionally, the whole book is, unsurprisingly, catered to middle to upper class American Jews living in the suburbs, without a lot of consideration for Sephardic rituals, people from different backgrounds, etc. I mean, it makes sense since that's a lot of the book market, but it ...more
Becca
Jul 13, 2016 rated it it was ok
Too many directives and logistical rules on how to raise a Jewish child, not enough about how to raise one ethically/morally/spiritually.
Taylor Kundel-Gower
Sep 03, 2018 rated it liked it
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Laura
Jul 25, 2008 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Great resource. It can be a little 'preachy' at points, but it has a lot of great ideas for making Shabbat and Jewish holidays special and magical for children. I like Diamant's idea that predictable rituals like Shabbat provide a "proof of love" for a lifetime for kids, even if they don't remember the exact details from toddlerhood. I also like her ideas about weaving Judaism into the fabric of your life so your kids are exposed early, just as you expose children to art, and music and other thi ...more
Vanda
Jun 03, 2008 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I really enjoyed this book, especially since it is organized by the cycle of the Jewish year. Anita Diamant has some wonderful and practical suggestions for celebrating holidays and occasions and each of them is divided by the age of children. She has written some wonderful books about living a Jewish life and for converts. This is a must-have for any parent wanting to bring more Judaism into their home and everyday life.
Alana
Loved this book. Want to own it to use it as a reference.
Grace Smiley
Now Called "How to Raise a Jewish Child", this was a pretty good overview of things to consider when you're looking at bring up Jewish kids. ...more
Catherine Woodman
Jul 29, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Excellent reference by and excellent writer
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