Last night completed my 7th session of Parenting Through a Jewish Lens (Ikkarim). I am enrolled in an evening session through Temple Israel of Natick, as it came highly recommended from several past participants. It has lived up to its reputation, through class content, discussion and wonderful facilitation by Rabbi Dan Liben and Cantor Ken Richmond.

I left the first evening with homework.Each member of the class was encouraged to try to incorporate either or both the Mo-deh A-ni (a thank-you prayer said upon waking up) and Shema (a bedtime prayer) into our daily routines. It made sense for me to include the Mo-deh A-ni and I’ve kept up with it since. I sing the words each morning, and my daughters listen attentively and sometimes participate.

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