For Kids-Putting God on Your Guest List: How to Claim the Spiritual Meaning of Your Bar or Bat Mitzvah

For Kids-Putting God on Your Guest List: How to Claim the Spiritual Meaning of Your Bar or Bat Mitzvah

by Jeffrey K. Salkin

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Overview

The kids' companion to the award-winning Putting God on the Guest List, 3rd Ed.: How to Reclaim the Spiritual Meaning of Your Child’s Bar or Bat Mitzvah

Used as an inspiring part of bar/bat mitzvah preparation for parents in hundreds of congregations around the world.

Jewish youngsters and their parents need to turn inward at bar and bat mitzvah time and ask themselves these hard questions: "Why are we doing this? What does it all mean?"

At last, a guide especially for kids, to help them spiritually prepare for their bar/bat mitzvah. Explains the core spiritual values of Judaism to young people in a language they can understand. Questions at the end of each chapter engage kids and let them offer their own thoughts. A special section helps parents and kids find places to perform acts of tzedakah to honor the event—newly revised and updated.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781580233088
Publisher: Turner Publishing Company
Publication date: 05/01/2007
Edition description: 2nd Edition, Revised and Expanded
Pages: 144
Product dimensions: 2.36(w) x 3.54(h) x 0.36(d)
Age Range: 11 - 13 Years

About the Author

Rabbi Jeffrey K. Salkin is recognized as one of the most thoughtful Jewish writers and teachers of his generation. He has helped people of all ages find spiritual meaning in both the great and small moments in life.

A noted author whose work has appeared in many publications, including the Wall Street Journal, Reader's Digest and the Congressional Record , Rabbi Salkin is editor of The Modern Men's Torah Commentary: New Insights from Jewish Men on the 54 Weekly Torah Portions and Text Messages: A Torah Commentary for Teens ; and author of Being God's Partner: How to Find the Hidden Link Between Spirituality and Your Work , with an introduction by Norman Lear; the best-seller Putting God on the Guest List: How to Reclaim the Spiritual Meaning of Your Child's Bar or Bat Mitzvah ; For Kids—Putting God on Your Guest List: How to Claim the Spiritual Meaning of Your Bar or Bat Mitzvah and Righteous Gentiles in the Hebrew Bible: Ancient Role Models for Sacred Relationships (all Jewish Lights), among other books.  

Table of Contents

PREFACE TO THE SECOND EDITION 7
ACKNOWLEDGMENTS 11

1 • Beyond "Today I Am a Man/a Woman"
THE REAL HISTORY OF BAR AND BAT MITZVAH 15
2 • “Speak to the Children of Israel”
THE SECRET MEANING OF BAR AND BAT MITZVAH 28
3 • Why Are These People Crying?
WADING IN THE RIVER OF TEARS 34
4 • Hearing God's Voice
THE MEANING OF TORAH 43
5 • Putting the Mitzvah
Back in Bar and Bat Mitzvah 59
6 • Rites and Wrongs of Passage
PUTTING THE PARTY IN PERSPECTIVE 77
7 • To a Skeptical Jewish Kid 86
8 • A Road Map to the Shabbat Morning Worship Service
FINDING YOUR PLACE IN THE WORDS 95
9 • After the Thank-You Notes
LIFE AFTER BAR AND BAT MITZVAH 119

GLOSSARY 130
A LIST OF PLACES FOR YOUR TZEDAKAH 132
SUGGESTIONS FOR FURTHER READING 138

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