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Jewish Spiritual Parenting

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How do we guide children to be spiritually balanced, emotionally whole, Jewishly connected individuals?

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Latest Blog Posts

Rabbi’s Disaster To Do List: 10 Community-Restoring Actions from the SoCal Fires

December 11, 2018

When the fires hit in southern california, we took 10 Community-Restoring Actions that helped our congregants, community and ourselves. Read more

When the Rabbi Feels Trauma: Lessons from the SoCal Fires

November 29, 2018

Facing the trauma after the fires. If it can happen to the rabbi, it can happen to you too… Read more

After the Fires: Celebrating Thanksgiving When Homes are Lost or Damaged

November 19, 2018

When circumstances out of our control – like fires or other disasters – affect our ability to hold our Thanksgiving rituals in our usual way, we can become distraught. When life intervenes – like fires destroying homes or forcing a loved one to be absent – what happens to the… Read more

Resources after a Shooting: For Solace, Support, Action and Talking to Kids

November 8, 2018

In the aftermath of the shooting in Thousand Oaks, Congregation Or Ami sent these resources – for solace, support, action and talking to kids – to all our congregants. Read more

My Congregant Was in that Dance Bar Shooting

November 8, 2018

Spoken Word Poem: Our congregant kid was in that Country Western Dance Bar. He’s Okay. I’m not. I’ve had enough. Read more

Vote (and here’s why): Spoken Word Poetry

November 5, 2018

Spoken Word Poetry on why American Jews must vote. Its a mitzvah! Read more

Where Was Sarah During the Akeidah (the Binding of Isaac)?

November 3, 2018

Midrashic Monologue: Where was Sarah in the Akeidah (Torah), when Abraham almost sacrificed their son Isaac? We think she saved Isaac’s life and the Jewish future. Read more

Sacrifice My Son Isaac? What Was I Thinking?

November 3, 2018

Midrashic Monologue: Did you ever wonder what Abraham thought about in the years following his “almost-sacrifice” of his son Isaac? Based on Parashat Vayeira and the Akeidah, we imagine Abraham’s inner struggles. Read more

Naming Naamah, Noach’s Wife (and the Other Torah Women Too)

October 12, 2018

Noah’s wife is mentioned 5 times in Torah, but her name – Na’amah – is not. Hear the voices of other silenced women of Torah. Read more