Fortified from Within (Vayetzeh)

One day soon, our children are going to head out into the world. They will be on their own dealing with challenges that we are all too familiar with.  How can we best prepare them for the reality of an often harsh and uncaring world? Contrary to popular belief, they do not need to be broken in early. “I am God…Remember, I am with you: I will protect you wherever you go and will bring you back…

To Label or Not to Label? (Toldot)

To Label or Not to Label? “And the youths grew up, and Esau was a man who understood hunting, a man of the field, whereas Jacob was an innocent man, dwelling in tents.”(Genesis 25:27) Do you label your child(ren)? Is she the goofy, athletic one and he the quiet, musical one? Is labeling helpful? Is it harmful? In my experience, it’s a fine line. On the one hand, we try and identify…