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Jewish Spiritual Parenting

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Latest Blog Posts

The Day After Shiva: Excruciatingly Difficult

August 18, 2019

Excruciatingly difficult That’s what I’d call it Just walking into a room today Excruciatingly difficult That’s how it felt… (What a ridiculous thing to say!) All I had to do To get in And out And make it through Was to Drive the car Pass the time Park the car… Read more

‘Tis an Apt Metaphor for a Mourner

August 18, 2019

A poem written on a Jetblue flight carrying me home from my father’s funeral. Flying as a metaphor… Read more

Facing Shiva: I Don’t Like Being that One

August 11, 2019

Spoken word poetry about a rabbi who now has to be the one who sits shiva and let’s other take care of him. Read more

Seeing Daddy in the Mirror

August 11, 2019

Spoken word poetry about seeing Dad in the mirror, and seeing dad within me. Read more

“Reality of a Death” Mantra

August 11, 2019

A mantra that I repeated again and again when I couldn’t wrap my head around the fact that my father had in fact died. Read more

I Never Knew: A Rabbi’s Poem about Mourning

August 11, 2019

A spoken word poem about a rabbi who realizes that after all the pastoral support for people whose loved ones have died, he never really knew what it felt like. Until his own father died. Read more

Father Knows How. When Will I?

June 16, 2019

I always wondered how my Dad gained all that wisdom and I wondered if I would ever gain that depth of wisdom to be able to help my children when they needed to navigate their lives. Read more

Rabbi In Crisis: How a Community Conspires to Care

April 8, 2019

Imagine having to make this decision: to fly home to hold your wife’s hand as she buries her mom on the West Coast or to remain on the East Coast to oversee the diagnosis and care of your mother who just had a major stroke. What would you do? Read more

Mensch-ify My Kid: Giving Young Families What They Want

January 31, 2019

Be a Mensch, that’s what Or Ami’s innovative parenting and pre-K to 6th grade learning program is all about. Mensch-ify my Kid, Mensch-ify my Home, Mensch-ify my Playground. Read more