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    Blessing of a skinned knee

    For those who are interested we will be discussing this book.

    The Blessing of a Skinned Knee:

    Using Jewish Teachings to Raise Self-Reliant Children
    Wendy Mogel, Ph.D.
    Published by Scribner

    From the traditions of Jewish teachings, Wendy Mogel builds a parenting blueprint that draws on core spiritual values relevant to families of all faiths. Impassioned, lyrical and eminently practical.


    I am happy to moderate the discussion - as the book is pretty dense - I thought we could go chapter by chapter. I know folks are in the process of getting and reading the book, so please post here when you are ready to discuss chapter 1. I am travelling this week, but will be ready to moderate (if you'd like) on Thursday.
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    Sounds great... I will finish chapter 1 and be ready for Thursday! And thank you for volunteering to moderate!
    Rebecca


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    Jordan is sick (again) so I don't have any time for reading. Nothing serious just the cold with accompanying whining and clinginess. I'll get to reading this weekend when his Abba can take care of him. Will check in on Sunday. Now, don't get too far ahead without me ;-)
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    Today is Thursday (almost Friday) & I just recieved my book today. I too will try to get chapter one read over the weekend & be ready for discussion next week.

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    Finished Chapter One.

    She talks about moderation, celebration, and sanctification being the three pillars of family life. And on a gut level I think she's right. But I felt like there was something else. Something she eludes to but does not consider as central. That is obligation/responsibility/community; some combination of those.

    OK, will surge ahead to chapter two tonight.
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    I have not had time to go back and read the book again - but I think you are on to something Sharon!

    She does seem to take a very "family centric" view.

    Her journey in Chapter one, as I recall, was an interesting one. She notes the malaise in her families lives and decides that as a therapist she has been missing the boat - that there is not a "talking cure" available so much as a restructuring of how parents and children relate, and that the appropriate framework for that restructuring can be found in the principles of Judaism.

    Personally, I heard what she was saying, but found her to be a bit radical in trading one approach for another instead of seeing the value in a variety of approaches. She then has to deal with the contrivance of fitting all of child rearing into her box - which doesn't always work that well.

    But we can get into the details of that in the more specific sections!
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    I found it intersesting on so many levels..(also being a therapist). Until I force myself to see things through the Jewish eye.. I agreed with many of her ecular approaches. It is so funny how seperate the ways of thinking are in my mind.


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