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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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Rabbi Paul Kipnes

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Latest Blog Posts

Fires, Shootings, Unfenced Roofs, and Uncovered Pits: Lessons from Torah in the Face of Increasing Danger

October 13, 2019

A year after the Borderline shooting and the SoCal fires, we reflect on the first person experiences, and explore Torah’s insistence that we take action in the face of danger, including mass shootings and changes in climate. Read more

Murray November on boat with camera in Italy

Don’t Wait: Lessons from My Father-in-Law Murray November

October 13, 2019

Don’t Wait: Lessons from my father-in-law Murray Novembert. (Yom Kippur sermon) Read more

You Won’t Be There these High Holy Days

October 8, 2019

A poem about facing the moments over the High Holy Days – small but meaningful – when my dad won’t be there. Read more

Lazy Mourning Morning

October 8, 2019

A poem about those moments when I’m not feeling the sadness in the midst of the mourning. Read more

A Friend’s Shiva Visit

October 8, 2019

Poem about when a friend visited me during my dad’s shiva. Read more

Standing for Kaddish That First Time

September 9, 2019

Standing for Kaddish that first time is surreal. This poem captures the multitude of feelings as I stood in temple to recite Kaddish for my father Ken Kipnes. Read more

I Guess. I am. Still. a Mourner. (Thirty days since Dad Died)

September 9, 2019

I am still a mourner. A poem about how my body – tears, trembling shoulders, welling up of emotions – remind me that I am still a mourner. Remembering my father, Ken Kipnes. Read more

Seeking a Minyan in Disneyland (or) Kaddish In a Small World

September 1, 2019

Where do I find a minyan in Disneyland when I need to say Kaddish for my father? Outside It’s a Small World, after all! There, my students ensured I had a community for Kaddish. Read more

Low Level Sadness, the Mourning Heart’s Guest

September 1, 2019

Low level sadness, right beneath the surface, is the constant guest in the heart and mind of the mourner. This poem reflects those feelings during shloshim for my father, Ken Kipnes, Papa. Read more