Parenting Resources

Videos for parents of young children about everyday Jewish values, rituals and more. 

How to Raise an Upstanding Child

What is the Jewish response to bullying? How do we raise our children to up stand up to bullies and ultimately become upstanders in the world? Rabbi Danya Ruttenberg explains a concrete way that you can raise an upstander using your child’s lunchbox.

Rabbi-in-residence for AVODAH, writer and mother of three, Danya shows how taking action to teach your child to positively model the Jewish value of kindness can be game-changing for a family.

Our partners at PJ Library created printable lunchbox notes to get you started! Grab yours here.

How to Talk to Your Kids About God

Lots of parents find it difficult to talk to their kids about God. In this short video, Rabbi Danya Ruttenberg, an American rabbi and author, gives us some tips for how to approach this conversation and reassures us that it’s okay to not have all the answers.

 

How Parenting Can Become a Spiritual Practice

What was your spiritual life like before you became a parent? Did it change when you became a parent?

Rabbi Danya Ruttenberg argues that raising children can be its own form of spiritual practice. Your children can help you reimagine your experience of wonder, prayer and even God.

Watch this short video to learn more.

Radical Amazement: How Can We Find Wonder in the World?

Parenting can be messy and unpredictable but it can also be amazing! Our children constantly seem to find the “wow” in the world around them whether it be ants on the ground or a stick turned magic wand. Often times, we push this curiosity aside due to our busy schedules, being late, or just fatigue.

Rabbi Danya Ruttenberg teaches us the importance of incorporating radical amazement into our parentings and embracing a child’s sense of wonder and wow.

 

Tzedakah: Giving

What Is Jewish About Giving? An Intro to Tzedakah for Parents

As Miranda, public health researcher and mother of two, explains, making a regular practice out of tzedakah can be game-changing for a family. Tzedakah means justice, and fairness — and giving to charity is just one way to think about it.

Hakarat Hatov: Gratitude

What Is Jewish About Gratitude?  An Intro to Hakarat Hatov for Parents

Hakarat Hatov is bigger than gratitude, it’s recognition for the things we have and the people we sometimes take for granted. Watch for some practical ideas for teaching kids to have a more grateful perspective on life.

Mother of two and start-up founder Margot talks about how Judaism can help us count our blessings, literally, with even young kids.

Kavod: Respect

What Is Jewish About Respect? An Intro to Kavod for Parents

We give kavod to each other because it is the right thing to do — and here are some great ways to help kids learn about respect.

As Liora, marriage and family therapist, Jewish storyteller, family educator and mother of three, explains, kavod means honor or respect and in Jewish terms, it is not something that must be earned – rather, it is something inherent to us as human beings.

These resources have been made possible through the generous support of the Lippman Kanfer Foundation for Living Torah

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