For Father’s Day, JInsider offers practical advice for dads on cultivating an inspired life for their children.
Reflections on an Ideal Dad
I think that the most important lesson of being a father is to lower the bar into the human realm. I will never be the perfect dad. There are times when I embarrass myself by losing my patience or temper. I also regularly mortify my children now that they are older just by being near them in front of their friends.
Elie Kaunfer’s new book, “Empowered Judaism: What Independent Minyanim Can Teach Us About Building Vibrant Jewish Communities” (Jewish Lights Publishing) is being described as a manifesto for independent minyanim, which have been flourishing and attracting increased attention in recent years.
Physical maladies, psychological illness, financial difficulties — these are pervasive in contemporary society and seem to be becoming more prevalent.
And so are books meant to help people navigate through these choppy emotional waters.
Judaism has answers for these problems: not a single, monolithic answer, but responses as varied as the Jewish people themselves.
Here are some current answers:
The Sun Will Shine Again: Coping, Persevering, and Winning in Troubled Economic Times. Rabbi Abraham Twerski. (Shaar Press, $9.99)