Teach Your Children Well

What do you want your children to remember you for? What values are you working to instill? What cultural and/or spiritual message do you want to impart? Many interfaith couples share core values. This class gives you an opportunity to articulate those values for yourself, your spouse, and especially for your children. What a wonderful gift to give your children when they are adults and learning about the task of parenting themselves.

Writing Your Ethical Will
Is it as important to pass on your values as it is to pass on your possessions? Writing an ethical will is an opportunity to organize your thoughts on topics such as honesty, kindness, and charity, and share them with your children. The document gives insights into the heart and soul of the writer, permanently passing on parents’ values and describing how they wish those values continued, “dor l’ dor” from generation to generation.

Learn to write an ethical will and have the peace of mind that you will be leaving your children a spiritual, ethical and moral legacy. For interfaith couples, an ethical will is wonderful way to give your children a clear message of your shared values.

The ethical will has its roots in the Torah. “For I have singled him out, that he may instruct his children and his household after him to keep the way of Adonai by doing what is just and right, in order that Adonai may bring about for Abraham what Adonai has promised him.” (Genesis 18:19).

In this course, we will discuss and write an ethical will. We will take two evenings to look at ethical wills from the Middle Ages to modern times. Students will each write an ethical will in the third meeting, and they will have the opportunity to read their ethical wills in the final session.

Wednesdays, Oct. 24, Nov. 7 & 14.
7:30 to 9pm
Meets at Lehrhaus Judaica, 2736 Bancroft Way, Berkeley
EASY parking just 429 steps from the front door. Across the street, in the UCB parking lot.
Cost: $30