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Most helpful customer reviews 28 of 28 people found the following review helpful. Timeless wisdom for raising great kids !! By BklynGal54 Unlike the plethora of parenting books on the market today, this inspirational treatise stands apart. Most books on parenting advice are written from the author's perspective on how to raise children, however the advice and practical tips outlined in "Raising a Child With Soul" emanate from the greatest manual ever created on child rearing and that is the Torah; the word of G-d. If you're looking for a book that will answer all of your parenting questions and concerns then this heartwarming volume is defintely the one. Parenting educator Slovie Jungreis-Wolff has transmitted (with great love) the timeless Torah wisdom that she's been imparting to her students for the past 13 years.Having been raised in a home completely imbued with Torah concepts, Mrs. Wolff's experience becomes her most treaured oracle. There is no doubt that the hedonistic cultural and societal norms that engulf us often pose a great danger to our children in terms of moral and ethical development. Slovie's guidance in creating a truly happy home vis a vis Torah directives allows us a unique perspective on what true happiness really means.Many parents today are truly unhappy campers themselves, having not been nurtured in homes where true and unconditional love are the order of the day. Discipline and self-control have given way to unabashed selfishness that manifests itself in complete immersion in the material world. Slovie teaches parents to view challenges and difficulties as opportunities to grow and develop and hence pass on this sanguine outlook to our children.This book is replete with a treasure trove of true stories that will make you laugh and cry and will reach deep within your heart. Her tips on practical parenting are an invaluable tool when it comes to dealing with everyday problems that our children face and will come in very handy on exceptionally frustrating days. If you're in a quandary on just how to discipline with love, how to communicate effectively, how to teach gratitude, how to deal with tension that arises from sibling rivalry, how to imbue your children with self-esteem and compassion, how to establish priorities, and how to create a home that reverberates with genuine happiness, then this book will be an epiphany of sorts.You don't have to be Jewish or have any familiarity with Torah to get a great deal from what is written here. This compelling page turner teaches that experiencing and teaching gratitude and appreciation is not beyond our capabilities and that with some effort we can manage to raise children with exemplary character traits. 0 of 0 people found the following review helpful. Best Parenting Book I have ever read. Great for all adults who come in contact with children By hello Highly recommend this book to parents of any belief system. This is one of the most genuine families on the planet. They live, breathe, practice what is suggested for all families. The love, warmth, knowledge and depth ring true - you will be amazed. I admire the scholarship and the simplicity - two aspects that do not usually go hand-in-hand. I would love more and more of this. I feel that the author has at least another book or two in her. Such brilliance, humbleness, keen observance, and compassion! Thank you a million times thank you. 0 of 0 people found the following review helpful. Not just for parents By cheyenne klascius I work in the field of early childhood education and I would recommend this to anyone who works with children, whether they are deeply religious or not. Ms. Jungreis-Wolf writes in a personal and heartfelt way. The book is practical as well as gives deep insights into how to foster children's compassion, responsibility etc. Moral development in children is not something, I feel, is paid much attention to in today's education system..or society at large. Which makes Ms. Jungreis-Wolf's work so pertinent.. See all 23 customer reviews...
About the Author Slovie Jungreis-Wolff is a freelance writer and parenting instructor. She is the daughter of Esther Jungreis, renowned rebbitzen, author of Life is a Test, The Committed Marriage, and The Committed Life and founder of Hineni International. Slovie has taught Hineni Young Couples and Parenting classes at the Hineni Heritage Center in New York City for more than ten years. Visit her at www.raisingachildwithsoul.com. Excerpt. © Reprinted by permission. All rights reserved. Chapter oneRaising Spiritual ChildrenI gave birth to my son Eli on the holy day of Shabbos. Mendy and I couldn't wait to share the excitement with our family. As soon as the Sabbath was over, my parents drove our children to the hospital to see their new baby brother. We marched to the nursery, looking anxiously through the glass window. Bassinets were lined up in even rows, filled with little blankets of pink and blue. The distinct cries of newborns permeated the air. Finally, we spotted our baby. His soft brown eyes were wide-open. My father's face was aglow with joy. He turned to me and whispered, "This little soul has just arrived from heaven. Our sages teach us that in the heavens above he was learning Torah from the mouths of angels. He came into this world the purest of the pure. Watch over him, Slova Channahlah, and teach him well."We are given these precious souls, and they are indeed a gift from Above. Parenting is not a simple road. There are many detours and challenges along the way. How do we know which direction to take? How do we know that the path we are leading them on is the best route available? What happens when we lose our way?I have always been amazed at the amount of planning parents put into the minutest details of their babies' lives. Months before the baby is even born, the baby nurse, nursery colors, the brand of stroller, and even the preschool have all been discussed. As the child grows, so, too, does the List. Swim, karate, ballet, art, French, chess, and tennis lessons from the time they're tots—all ingredients that spell overload for both parents and children. We strive to give our children the best that we possibly can. We worry that they receive proper nutrition, cultural experiences, and an excellent education. What is most painful to me is the fact that rarely have I heard parents discussing their plan to develop their child's soul.We have become so consumed with thoughts of our child being in the right place, with the right crowd, in the right clothing, but what have we done to help this child become a spiritual being—a person of substance and character? The problem becomes even more acute as our world becomes more obsessed with the pursuit of materialism. When was the last time you heard parents discussing their hopes for their child's moral development? I am afraid that more time is spent researching the type of car we buy than the type of child we hope to raise. We must ask ourselves which qualities we desire for our children. What kind of character traits do we wish to imbue in them?Each week women are given the unique opportunity to pray for their children. As Jewish women all over the world kindle their Shabbos lights, they utter a plea that has been passed down from mother to daughter for thousands of years. Growing up, I watched my mother encircle the flames with her hands, cover her eyes, and whisper her prayer through her tears. Today, my children observe me each Friday night as I do the same.I believe that this Sabbath prayer gives us the direction we need when raising our children. We ask G-d: "privilege me to raise children and grandchildren who are wise and understanding, who love G-d, children of truth, holy offspring . . . who illuminate the world with Torah and good deeds."I kindle my Sabbath lights and beseech G-d to help me raise children who will contribute goodness to mankind, children who are blessed with kindness, honesty, compassion, love of G-d, and spirituality. I ask that my children discover courage and inner strength in a world that has been overwhelmed with fear and terror. I want so much more than merely polite children—manners is not a complicated subject. I pray for children who will possess a moral compass pointing them in the right path no matter how difficult the situation. In Yiddish, we call such an individual a mensch.It is true that there are numerous books written by psychologists and psychiatrists on the subject of child-rearing. The problem is just that—an overabundance of books! Every few years new theories and ideas are introduced. We are told to discard the old techniques and try the latest new-and-improved approach. What is a parent to do? The beauty behind the Torah path to raising children is the fact that Torah is immutable. It is a constant, neverchanging, eternal truth.The holy Torah was given to the Jewish people by G-d thousands of years ago. We study that very same Torah today. If you open your heart to its wisdom, you will find solutions for every situation you encounter, a way to approach and live your life. Since family is the center of Jewish life, the Torah is a virtual storehouse of information and knowledge concerning the creation of our home.Decorating an apartment or renovating a house is easy. It is a far more arduous task to transform that house into a home, a haven of spiritual comfort and serenity. I have visited some incredibly beautiful homes. There were magnificent marble floors, lavish powder rooms, endless arrays of bedrooms, and toys enough for an entire kindergarten. As soon as I entered, though, I felt something was missing. A vital ingredient was absent. I realized that it was a sense of peace acquired by living with a spiritual connection that was absent. We try to provide physical and emotional security, but what about our children's spiritual security?BRINGING SPIRITUALITY HOMEIn Judaism we are taught that the key to our survival is the strength of our home. The Torah commands us: Veasu li mikdash veshachanti besocham. "They shall make a Sanctuary for Me so that I may dwell among them." Our sages teach us that these words include the understanding that if we build a home enveloped in sanctity, then G-d promises His presence within. We call this unique home a mikdash me'at—a sanctuary in miniature.Understand that this is not about creating a physical place of worship. You don't need to build a temple or set up an ark in your living room to discover holiness within your life. It is, instead, a spiritual outlook that encompasses your home and that you take with you wherever you go. The Torah is giving us a personal invitation to embrace holiness in our daily moments of living. It is the way you speak, the way you conduct yourself, the way you relate to your spouse and children as you build your life together. Your entire perception is transformed as sanctity accompanies you throughout your days. It remains embedded deep within your soul.Children who grow up in a home where the presence of G-d is consistently acknowledged are spiritual children. These families experience genuine warmth and blessing. They develop an awareness of G-d that provides comfort and fortitude even in the face of life's travails and difficulties. There is no life that is completely shielded from problems and pain. Yet, a child raised in a mikdash me'at sees all of life's challenges through a spiritual eye.My family suffered a tremendous blow when my father was diagnosed with cancer. I vividly recall the moment when I heard the news. I had just finished teaching a class at the Hineni Center. As I was walking down the hall, I met my mother climbing up the stairwell. A single tear was rolling down her cheek. Her face was ashen. "What, Ema, what is it?" I asked, my heart pounding. When she told me of the doctors' diagnosis, I felt as if I would crumble. My father was ill? Impossible! Throughout his entire life, I had seen him only full of life and laughter. His six-foot-two frame and broad shoulders easily carried the weight of the world. There was no burden too heavy for him to bear. Whether it was his family or his congregation, his strong yet kindly presence was a constant reminder of his personal faith and courage. After taking leave of my father, you left th
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