Parenting Resources

Videos about baby lifecycle events and teaching children every day Jewish values.

Are you pregnant, a new parent or a parent with young children?

Being a parent is a mitzvah (Jewish commandment or obligation). Whether you’re just starting out and interested in learning about new parent Jewish rituals or in need of some quick  parenting advice, we’ve got you covered with tons of great resources below. Also be sure to check out our Sing Alongs, DIY Crafts, and Shaboom!, our cartoon show for preschoolers.

 

Jewish Baby Naming Traditions

Judaism has a lot to say about baby naming traditions and how to choose the right name for your growing family. Some expectant parents spend literally years picking out baby names and others figure it out in an instant when they see their new child for the first time. Learn what to think about before you begin planning the name of your child.

This particular video about Jewish Baby Naming Traditions is part of a larger series exploring the basics of Jewish Lifecycles. Jewish tradition is often specific. There are a myriad of Jewish subcultures and people, and the conversations in this series explores the array of choices people make in interpreting ritual today. Learn more about Jewish Wedding traditions, Jewish Mourning Traditions and Jewish Baby Traditions.

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.

Be sure to watch the full episode of Shaboom! to learn more tzedakah.

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.

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.

 

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.

 

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