Former Chief Rabbi Lord SacksRabbi Dr. Sacks was Chief Rabbi of the United Hebrew Congregations of the Commonwealth 199-2013 and a member of the House of Lords since 2009. He has authored many books on Judaic thought, appears regularly in the British media and has kindly allowed us to post his essay on the Sabbath Torah reading each week as well as other sermons.
Over the past few weeks, I have released the first eight short videos (out of a 13-part series) on my Facebook page and website about 'Being an Inspiring Parent'.
Each video looks at a particular principle of how to be an inspiring parent, and offers thoughts about ways in which we can inspire our children to be the very best they can be.
I would love to hear feedback on these: Have you enjoyed them? Were they useful? Would you like future series? And if so, on what topics in particular? Please do email me here.
In the meantime, please find a summary of the eight principles of inspired parenting covered to date, together with a link where you can watch the videos on my website.
Have a wonderful week!
Principle 1: Give children the space to inspire us, and they will
This first video looks at how making space for our children to inspire us is one of the greatest gifts we can give them.
Principle 2: Serve God in joy if you want your children to love Judaism
This second video looks at how important it is to serve God in joy if you want your children to love Judaism.
Principle 3: Lead the way, with high ethical standards
This third video examines the importance of setting an example, living a life of high ethical ideals if you want your children to do the same.
Principle 4: No need for high walls
The fourth video explores the value in giving children a strong faith in their religion.
Principle 5: Make your Judaism sing
The fifth video discusses the role that music and song have in instilling a love of Judaism in your children.
Principle 6: Don't just sit and learn but go and do
The sixth video discusses the importance of giving our children the space to lead if we want them to grow.
Principle 7: Be in but not of the world
The seventh video talks about the importance of being in the world but not of the world, of living by your standards and not by the standards the world might seek to impose on you.
Principle 8: Think long
The eighth talks about the importance of teaching your children to delay instant gratification and instead to think long.