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Parenting during a Pandemic

Published in Times of Israel by Dasee Berkowitz
Posted on April 16, 2020

Yesterday my son turned to me and said, “I want COVID-19 to end, and I don’t.” I was surprised by his comment. I also felt the same way. He wants COVID-19 to end so that suffering will end. We all do. We want an end to daily news reports of the death toll that continues Continue Reading »

A Judaism bereft of its center

Published in Times of Israel by Aryeh Ben David
Posted on May 26, 2019

I once asked a rabbi: “How is your personal relationship with God?” Speechless, his face went white. Then, before he answered, I asked him a second question: “When was the last time you were asked that question?” This time he could answer: “Never.” I have raised this question countless times with rabbis over the past Continue Reading »

Inspired Parenting: Pesach Edition

Published in Elmad by Dasee Berkowitz and Tovah Leah Nachmani
Posted on April 15, 2019

Becoming a Soulful Parent’s Director Dasee Berkowitz and Pardes Institute’s long-time educator Tovah Leah Nachmani invite you to learn about some of their most meaningful ideas they have used at their seders in these new Pesach-themed episodes of their podcast, Inspired Parenting. We hope it can inspire your own! How often do we share our Continue Reading »

What’s stirring your soul? Books that move you

Published in Ayeka by Dasee Berkowitz
Posted on December 24, 2018

I direct Ayeka’s Becoming a Soulful Parent program. I have three kids. And I spend a lot of time with them. But I actually don’t really read many parenting books. What is drawing me in right now is reading about aging. I can’t get enough of it. I am halfway through Atul Gawande’s, Being Mortal: Continue Reading »

Meditation on National Celebration and Personal Connection

Published in Times of Israel by Dasee Berkowitz
Posted on April 23, 2018

“When you expect good you will get something good.”  This is what my son’s teacher told me when I thanked her for encouraging him to do something hard at school a few months ago.  She has an amazing ability to motivate students and to get the best from them. She sees within them what is Continue Reading »

Hearing the voices of our kids

Published in Times of Israel by Aryeh Ben David
Posted on March 21, 2018

He said he wasn’t going to fast on Yom Kippur. She traded in her long-sleeved shirts and skirts for tank tops and shorts. He got a second earring, this one on the top of his ear. She was tired and annoyed by the rules. Shabbat meals became optional. And so their parents came to me. Continue Reading »

The Jewish Prayer that Taught Me to Quiet Down and Listen

Published in Kveller by Dasee Berkowitz
Posted on July 30, 2017

I’m not a very good listener. The problem is, I think I am. Because with total strangers, I am excellent. New people to me are like books. They have a whole story and a lifetime of experiences that I am interested in uncovering. But I can go into autopilot pretty easily when it comes to my children. Continue Reading »

Empowering – and engaging – parents through Jewish wisdom

Published in Jeducation World by Mark Horowitz and Dasee Berkowitz
Posted on July 19, 2017

There are few Jewish organizations today that don’t fret about changing demographics and lack of engagement among younger Jews. Data is gloomy as organizations leak members and struggle to find new ones. Busy families with small children are hard to get through the door, much less keep in the building for a program or service. Continue Reading »

Is there such a thing as ‘soulful’ parenting?

Published in The Times of Israel by Simona Weinglass
Posted on February 13, 2017

On a chilly winter evening in Tel Aviv, a group of women sit in a circle pondering a poem by Lebanese-American poet Kahlil Gibran: “Your children are not your children They are the sons and daughters of Life’s longing for itself. They come through you but not from you, And though they are with you, Continue Reading »

How spiritual parenting can ground your child rearing

Published in The Times of Israel by Amanda Borschel-Dan
Posted on November 13, 2015

Dasee Berkowitz’s first Yom Kippur as a young mother got her thinking. To more easily take part in the lengthy synagogue service, her son, then only a few months old, was wrapped upon her body in a sling. But when it came time for the traditional symbolic chest beating during which Jews confess their sins, Continue Reading »