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I Use the Three-Letter Word with My Kids

Posted on January 8th, 2018

In our home, we talk about God as if He is a member of our extended family, like Zeydie or Uncle Maury. We also talk about the soul. Our boys, who are 6 and 9, ask questions that are impossible to answer:

“Mom, how do you know God is real? Does He talk to you?”

“Mom, how do you know there is a place we go to when we die?”

“Mom, how do you know that my soul will always be alive?”

“I don’t know exactly how,” I respond. “It’s more of a feeling than anything else.”

This seems to be enough for my kids. At least for now, at these ages.

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Ten Things I’ve Learned After Two Bat Mitzvahs

Posted on January 1st, 2018
By Marjorie Ingall for Tablet Magazine 

Party favors are Satan’s carnival prizes and other bits of wisdom from a seasoned organizer of rites of passage

My second daughter became a Bat Mitzvah a couple of weeks ago. Would you like to know what I’ve learned after ushering two girls through this process? Of course you would.

1.Choose the date well: If you can avoid a mortifying or stultifying Torah portion, do.

2. Pay attention to who your kid is: I had one child who wanted to lead every prayer, read the entire portion (plus hey, toss her the ones from the week before and after and she’d crush those, too), and fight with the entire synagogue about gendered language. I had another kid who… did not. Respect and understand that your child is their own person. Their concerns and values may not be yours. And HELLO, this is a celebration of Jewish adulthood, so insisting on calling all the shots yourself is hypocritical. Work with your kid, rabbi, cantor and education director to figure out how much your kid can and should do in the service. Steer between the Scylla of obsessiveness and the Charybdis of slackerdom. This is not easy.

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PJ Library Radio

Posted on December 25th, 2017


New Launch!


Are you looking for some great music and videos to share with your children?  The same folks who brought free Jewish books into your home, PJ Library, now has PJ Library Radio.  You'll find songs, videos, photos, profiles of your favorite artists and the ability to submit your own music. 


Find it here.


This Disney Show’s Hanukkah Episode Is Absolutely Adorable

Posted on December 18th, 2017

Want more great Hanukkah ideas? Find articles, crafts, and recipes in Jvillage's Hanukkah Guide.

Now that Hanukkah is here, the music videos and TV shows are starting to get in that groove. Disney Junior’s show, Puppy Dog Pals, joined in on the holiday fun with a special Hanukkah episode that’s totally adorbs.

The show, which is about Bingo and Rolly, two pug puppies who have fun roaming their neighborhood when their owner Bob leaves home, often shows the puppy brothers getting into adventures. (They also have a cat sister named Hissy, and a robot dog named ARF.)

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The Chanukah Shaboom! Special

Posted on December 11th, 2017
From bimbam

Want more great Hanukkah ideas? Find articles, crafts, and recipes in Jvillage's Hanukkah Guide.

Can the Plony family get the house ready in time for their Chanukah party? Looks like they are in need of a Chanukah miracle. Watch this special Chanukah episode to see how Gabi and Rafi fix the world, one Chanukah party at a time.

This episode is a great jumping off point for playing dreidel, eating sufganiyot, frying up latkes, lighting candles and singing songs. BimBam has videos about how to do all those things, so you have come to the right place! Happy Hanukkah!

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