Chief Rabbi Lord Jonathan Sacks—If we want to survive and thrive as a culture, celebrate the family

Posted by Kendall Harmon

...if there’s one element of Judaism I’d love to share with everyone it’s this: If you want to survive and thrive as a people, a culture, a civilization, celebrate the family. Hold it sacred. Eat together. Tell the story of what most matters to you across the generations. Make children the most important people. Put them centre stage. Encourage them to ask questions, the more the better. That’s what Moses said thirty three centuries ago and Judaism is still here to tell the tale having survived some of the most brutal persecutions in human history, yet as a religious faith were still young and full of energy.

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Posted April 12, 2012 at 8:00 am [Printer Friendly] [Print w/ comments]

1. Teatime2 wrote:

I have to disagree with putting children on “centre stage.” There has to be a happy medium between that and the “seen and not heard” philosophy. Many of today’s children are indeed on “centre stage,” and believe that the world revolves around them. It’s not healthy or attractive and God help them when the real world crashes down on them. They won’t be able to cope.

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