To the Future – And Bedtime

As we head into the New Year, I thought I would share Rabbi Shmuly Yanklowitz’s vision for the Jewish Community of 2025, as printed in the Jewish Week. It’s a reality which I know those of us who work with interfaith families are working towards. Rabbi Yanklowitz describes a post-denominational, social action-based, Torah-educated community which includes interfaith families (see #7 especially). Great!

The rest of this blog post is for the mothers of preschoolers out there looking for ways to spice up their good morning and good night rituals. 

As a New Yorker, who has lived in the Midwest and now Boston, I have learned to appreciate a good bagel as part of my morning routine. In recent years, the routine has come to include breakfast and kids’ Jewish music in the car to daycare and work. Amy Meltzer, of the homeshuling blog, has just posted a bagel recipe that I may just have to try.

When night comes, calls for bedtime can be met with cries of “I’m not tired” or the like. A lullaby may prove to be the perfect segue into a nightly story. In our house, many of our books come from the PJ Library and we always recite the Shema. Learn more about reciting the Shema and other Jewish bedtime rituals in ourbooklet, “Goodnight, Sleep Tight.” 

Kveller has come out with a top ten of Jewish lullabies.

I listened to a few and was pleased by the diversity of tradition offered including English, Yiddish and Ladino. They come from more than just the typical children’s CDs. Anyone can enjoy Mandy Patinkin’s rendition of Oyfn Pripetshik, a Yiddish folk song.

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