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Bible and Torah Commentary
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Contemporary Jewish Life
Cookbooks for the Jewish Home
Family Life and Parent's Guides
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Women's Voices and Ritual

Family Life and Parent's Guides

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Abramowitz, Yosef and Susan Silverman. Jewish Family and Life: Traditions, Holidays and Values for Today's Parents and Children. Golden Books. 1997. AISN/ISBN: 0307440044.

The authors, parents of young children themselves, offer practical reference and a hands-on guide in gender friendly terms and address both the traditional and non-traditional Jewish family. They are concerned with integrating Jewish life into everyday situations as well as holidays.

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Abramowitz, Yosef I. (ed.). Beyond Scandal: The Parents' Guide to Sex, Lies, and Leadership. Jewish Family Life Books. 1998. AISN/ISBN: 0966430603.

This book encourages parents and educators to teach their children and students moral lessons. Short essays from educators, rabbis and psychologists, along with practical tips on how to put today's headlines into a Jewish values context, are included. Abramowitz brings together experts to discuss "Talking to Your Kids About Sex," "When Your Kids Lie," "Dirty Jokes and Other Bad Language," and more, based on biblical, religious and humanistic values. A practical guide for today's families.

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Adahan, Miriam. Raising Children to Care: A Jewish Guide to Childrearing. Feldheim Publishers, Ltd. 1988. AISN/ISBN: 0873064569.

The goal of this text is to help train parents and their children to become loving, self-disciplined and responsible. Using sources from the Bible and Talmud, the author weaves Jewish ethical teachings into the text as a guide for ethical behavior in modern family life.

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Aiken, Lisa. Beyond Bashert: A Guide to Dating and Marriage Enrichment. Jason Aronson. 1996. AISN/ISBN: 1568218966.

Integrating professional marriage counseling with traditional Judaism, the author includes advice for choosing a compatible mate, developing a meaningful relationship and communicating effectively to overcome problems.

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Bell, Roselyn (ed.). The Hadassah Magazine Jewish Parenting Book. Free Press. 1989. AISN/ISBN: 0029134609.

Hadassah presents essays on Jewish education, intermarriage, adoption, divorce, death, becoming a grandparent, adolescent separation, and other topics of current importance.

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Danan, Julie Hilton. The Jewish Parents' Almanac. Jason Aronson. 1996. AISN/ISBN: 1568219520.

Danan's guide for integrating Judaism into modern family life includes hands-on information about the holidays, education and home life. The extensive list of resources is especially helpful.

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Donin, Hayim Halevy. To Raise a Jewish Child: A Guide for Parents. Basic Books. 1991. AISN/ISBN: 0465086357.

A classic text for dealing with Jewish parenting issues from a modem Orthodox perspective. A practical handbook, this work includes chapters on choosing a Hebrew school, planning family observances, and how best to help children find meaning and happiness in their Jewishness.

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Epstein, David and Suzanne Stutman. Torah With Love: A Gude for Strengthening Jewish Values within the Family. Prentice-Hall Press. 1986. AISN/ISBN: 0139253718.

An exciting and practical guide to family Torah study with emphasis on using the Torah text for teaching Jewish values. It includes suggestions for discussions at the family table, teaching and drama techniques and insights into analyzing the Biblical text. Useful for both the beginner and experienced parent teacher. A teaching, not preaching, approach to parenting is presented.

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Gellman, Marc. ""Always Wear Clean Underwear!" and Other Ways Parents Say "I Love You."". Morrow Junior Books. 1997. AISN/ISBN: 0688171125.

Parents are their children's primary role models and guides in life. In this book, the big and little meanings of the universal do's and don't's parents tell their children are presented with humor and great insight.

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Graetz, Naomi. Silence Is Deadly: Judaism Confronts Wifebeating. Jason Aronson. 1998. AISN/ISBN: 0765760134.

The topic of battered women in the Jewish tradition has just begun to be properly explored. The purpose of this book is to present the attitudes on wifebeating that can be found in Jewish texts. As Naomi Graetz shows, rabbinic responses to wifebeating in the Jewish community are not monolithic.

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Greenberg, Blu. How to Run a Traditional Jewish Household. Simon & Schuster. 1985. AISN/ISBN: 0671602705.

Blu Greenberg, a founder of the Orthodox Jewish Feminist Alliance, writes an introductory book filled with history and practical advice for the traditional family. Discussions include education, blessings, kashrut, laws of purity, and the expanding role of women in Jewish life.

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Grishaver, Joel Lurie. 40 Things You Can Do to Save the Jewish People. Alef Design Group. 1997. AISN/ISBN: 1881283224.

Grishaver presents some common-sense ideas for helping parents through the decision-making process of trying to live with a foot in two civilizations. His suggestions are provocative and worth considering.

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KiTov, Eliyahu. The Jew and His Home: A Guide to Jewish Family Life. Philipp Feldheim. 1999. AISN/ISBN: 1583303960.

A new edition, revised and greatly expanded, of Eliyahu Kitov's acclaimed and beloved classic on Jewish family life. The vital wisdom and life-giving strength of traditional Jewish teaching is reflected in the wealth of topics: Jewish marriage, harmony in the home, the meaning of modesty, raising children, kashrus, and much more. Every Jewish home and family will be strengthened and inspired by this book.

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Kurshan, Neil. Raising Your Child to be a Mensch. Atheneum. 1987. AISN/ISBN: 0689116551.

How to raise children to practice decency, generosity, kindness and integrity in an age of the success ethic. As a parent, the author shares his perspective about the priorities in Jewish family life.

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Kushner, Harold S.. When Children Ask About God. Schocken Books. 1995. AISN/ISBN: 0805210334.

Parents who themselves may not have all the answers, but also are not satisfied with the answers they themselves received as children, will appreciate this book.

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Leneman, Helen (ed.). Bar/Bat Mitzvah Basics: A Practical Family Guide to Coming of Age Together. Jewish Lights. 1996. AISN/ISBN: 1580231519.

A useful guide into the "how-to" of the bar/bat mitzvah experience from the preparation to writing the "thank you" notes, all the while showing how the family can grow through the experience.

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Lickona, Thomas. Educating for Character: How Our Schools Can Teach Respect and Responsibility. Bantam. 1992. AISN/ISBN: 0553370529.

The author's twelve-point program offers practical suggestions and strategies designed to teach children respect, responsibility, hard work, compassion and other values needed in today's society.

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Payne, Lauren Murphy. We Can Get Along: A Child's Book of Choices. Free Spirit Publishing, Inc. 1997. AISN/ISBN: 1575420139.

Focusing on how children have the power to make choices, this book guides young people in their relationships with friends. It stresses kindness, respect, tolerance and responsibility.

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Reuben, Steven Carr. Raising Jewish Children in a Contemporary World: The Modern Parent's Guide to Creating a Jewish Home. Prima Publishing. 1992. AISN/ISBN: 1559581506.

Written by a Reconstructionist rabbi, this is a guide for modem families who wish to raise their children with a positive Jewish self-image. It includes a chapter, How to Raise Ethical Jewish Children, which stresses these three basic Jewish ideas: 1. What Judaism really means by holy, 2. Charity versus tzedakah (righteousness) and 3. Love your neighbor as yourself.

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Rosenberg, Shelley Kapnek. Raising a Mensch: How to Bring Up Ethical Children in Today's World. The Jewish Publication Society. 2003. AISN/ISBN: 0827607547.

A useful book for parents, imparting knowledge of middot and mitzvot in practical situations and through traditional tales.

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Salkin, Jeffrey. For Kids--Putting God on Your Guest List: How to Claim the Spiritual Meaning of Your Bar/Bat Mitzvah. Jewish Lights. 1993. AISN/ISBN: 1580230156.

Rabbi Salkin provides explanation, instruction and inspiration to help bring new insights to America's most misunderstood ceremony. His contemporary views will be welcome by today's families.

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Syme, Daniel. The Jewish Home: A Guide for Jewish Living. Union of American Hebrew Congregations. 1998. AISN/ISBN: 0807404004.

The Jewish Home explains many of the "whys" of major Jewish holidays and life-cycle events. The birth of a child, the wedding ceremony, bnei mitzvah, and Shabbat are only a few of the topics discussed in this work. Readers are provided with Jewish rituals and practices, their symbolism, and their historical and cultural roots. Rabbi Daniel Syme has revised this edition to reflect the changes in Reform Judaism and Jewish life that have occurred since its first publication 15 years ago. He presents clear explanations of traditional and contemporary practices in an easy-to-follow question-and-answer format.





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