Sunday, August 22, 2010

500 Judaica

Nelle Fastman Pingree of Oy Clay!!! Pottery is proud to announce the release of "500 Judaica", published by Lark Books. Five of her pieces are represented here, along with Paul Frehe, Leah Leitson, Emmett Leader, and Sandy Marx.  While most of the pieces in the book are made in precious metals, fiber, glass or wood, Judaica in clay is also recognized here as not only functional but art.


Friday, August 6, 2010

When I Reflect on the Year That has Passed...

This time of year is always serious for me.  I feel obligated to go through the days of the year passed (those I remember) and reflect on the integrity of my behavior (myself to myself), the fairness honesty with which I have dealt with others, the fulfillment of my contract with God to help repair the world and the way in which I teach my child.

These are some of the things I must ponder.  My child is a girl, so I do not have to circumcise her.  We no longer arrange marriages, but my advise in this regard is freely given.  As for the rest...we'll see.

"A father [parent]is obligated to do the following for his son: to circumcise him, to redeem him if he is a first born (the firstborn son belongs to God and must be redeemed by payment to the priest/rabbi), to teach him Torah, to find him a wife, and to teach him a trade. Others say: teaching him how to swim as well." Bab. Talmud, Kiddushin 29a

Here are some other rabbinic statements about parents' obligations toward their children:
  • Never threaten children. Either punish them or forgive them. (Semahot 2:6)
  • Denying a child religious knowledge robs the child of an inheritance. (Talmud Sanhedrin 91b)
  • Every parent is obligated to train his/her children in the observance of mitzvot, for it is written: "Train a child according to his way." (Proverbs 22:6)
  • Mothers should introduce their children to the Torah. (Exodus Rabbah 28:2)
  • Anyone who does not teach his son a skill or profession may be regarded as if he is teaching him to rob. (Talmud Kiddushin 29a)
  • A father must provide his daughter with appropriate clothing and a dowry. (Code of Jewish Law, Even haEzer 71)
  • A father should be careful to keep his son from lies, and he should always keep his word to his children. (Talmud Sukkah 46b)
  • Anger in a home is like rottenness in fruit. (Talmud Sotah 3)
  • Rabbah said that a parent should never show favoritism among his/ her children. (Talmud Shabbat 10b)
  • If you strike a child, strike them only with a shoelace. (Talmud Baba Batra 21a)
  • A parent should not promise to give a child something and then not give it, because in that way the child learns to lie. (Talmud Sukkah 46b)
  • The parent who teaches his son, it is as if he had taught his son, his son’s son, and so on to the end of generations. (Talmud Kiddushin 36)
  • The parent who instructs by personal example rather than mere words, his/her audience will take his/her counsel to heart. The parent who does not practice what he/she so eloquently preaches, his/her advice is rejected. (Commentary to Ethics of Our Fathers)