The Opposite of Spoiled: Raising Kids who are Grounded, Generous, and Smart About Money by Ron Lieber
Hmmm. What is the opposite of spoiled? Lieber actually never gives an exact definition of “the opposite of spoiled,” (aside from the second part of his title). He says it “has no useful antonym,” (p. 11) but suggests a range of values that run counter to spoiled.
Joel Lurie Grishaver
More than 160 years ago my father was Bar Mitzvah at Temple Ohabai Shalom in Boston. It was a Reform Synagogue with a traditional leaning. My father never learned a letter of Hebrew, he read his Torah Portion off of a sheet of transliteration. He never did learn a letter of Hebrew, but he did OKAY in the Union Prayer Book universe. He was a Youth Leader, a Temple Treasurer and a board member of the Brotherhood and the JCC. In those days, the Reform movement only ran a Sunday School. No Hebrew involved.
Last night, the news reported the death of Sir Nicholas Winton, aged 106. Sir Nicky’s death allowed me to reflect back, 7+ years, to one of the most meaningful experiences I have ever shared with my students at Oakland Hebrew Day School.
Lana stands nervously in front of the ארון הקודש Aaron HaKodesh. She is in between her grandparents preparing to have pre-Bat Mitzvah pictures taken but I can see something building in her eyes and in her body language.
Overwhelmed: How to Work, Love, and Play When No One Has the Time,
It’s pretty easy to describe the stressed, hurried and always under pressure lives of today’s overwrought families. We recognize these people. We ARE those people! (As Walt Kelly, creator of the Pogo comic strip, wrote many years ago; “We have met the enemy and he is us.”)