Hard Words that Break Tender Souls

Hard Words that Break Tender Souls

“Don’t call me pigpen!” David, age 8, to his parents Many other children, unlike David, will suffer silently as the venom of verbal abuse penetrates their souls. You know the old expression: Sticks and stones can break my bones but words can never...
Kids and Spirituality

Kids and Spirituality

Do we have the right to expect our children to sit through lengthy synagogue services like little tin soldiers, without moving a muscle? Do we have a right to expect anything from our children? What’s the basis of effective child education rather than...
The True Friend

The True Friend

Fair-weather friends, if they were honest, would talk like this: “It’s easy to be your friend, just so long as it doesn’t cost me anything or take me out of my comfort zone.” That of course, is not a friend, much less a true friend. True...
Family Tree

Family Tree

The Torah tells us that “Man is a tree in the field” (Deuteronomy 20:19). Interestingly, we automatically refer to our ancestral background as “the family tree.” On a superficial level, just as a tree branches out from trunk to branches to twigs above ground – and...
Live It to Give It

Live It to Give It

The Torah says, "You shall teach them to your children to talk about them, while you sit in your home, while you walk on the way, when you lie down and when you arise." (Deuteronomy 11:19). The Torah commands us to teach our children to "talk about...

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