The prospect of divorce is a painful reality for many couples in North America today. Judaism has long struggled to establish reasonable and humane options for Jewish couples contemplating divorce. In When There Is No Other Alternative, Rabbi Sandy Seltzer examines what traditional Jewish sources have to say about this difficult juncture in those individuals' lives. Seltzer explores the phenomenon of shelom bayit, domestic abuse within Jewish families, the connection between the traditional ketubah and alimony, the difficulties that confront children born of intermarried couples considering divorce, and the necessity of a get. The book is highly recommended for rabbis, marriage counselors, therapists, and divorcing couples seeking guidance.
My Jewish World: An Early Childhood Music Curriculum (Book/CD set)
Music can be a wonderfully effective teaching tool for preschool aged children. My Jewish World guides teachers through the process of introducing and utilizing song in the classroom to teach Jewish values.
In her comprehensive and easy to follow book, Judy Caplan Ginsburgh includes twenty-six songs, religious and secular, that will help to facilitate an environment of fun and learning. Each song addresses important Jewish concepts and many use Hebrew words and prayers. Judy provides comments, activities, and creative ideas, specific for each song, which can be used in the classroom to learn about being Jewish every day. The importance of saying the Sh'ma each morning, learning the Hebrew words for colors, understanding body parts, and the value of cooperation are only some of the Jewish concepts touched on in the book.
In addition, Judy Ginsburgh includes a list of suggested books for many of the topics. These books help to reinforce and expand the lessons laid out in the curriculum.
With a helpful glossary of Hebrew and Yiddish terms and the companion music CD, My Jewish World is a wonderful guide to making music significant in the Jewish classroom.