HAYIDION The Prizmah Journal


by RAVSAK Staff Issue: Religious Purposefulness
This column features books, articles, and websites recommended by our authors and people from the RAVSAK network, pertaining to the theme of the current issue of HaYidion, for readers who want to investigate the topic in greater depth.


Ben David, Aryeh. The Godfile: 10 Approaches to Personalizing Prayer. Englewood, New Jersey: Devora Publishing, 2007.

Cohen, Steven M. and Eisen, Arnold M. The Jew Within: Self, Family, and Community in America. Bloomington, IN: Indiana U P, 2000.

Coles, Robert. The Spiritual Life of Children. New York, Houghton Mifflin, 1990.

Fox, Seymour; Schleffer, Israel; and Marom, Daniel, eds. Visions of Jewish Education. New York: Cambridge U P, 2003.

Kessler, Rachael. The Soul of Education: Helping Students Find Connection, Compassion, and Character at School. Alexandria: ASCD, 2000.

Pomson, Alex, and Schnoor, Randall. Back to School: Jewish Day Schools in the Lives of Adults. Wayne State University Press, 2008.

Roehlkepartain, Eugene; Benson, Peter; King, Pamela; and Wagener, Linda, eds. Handbook of Spiritual Development in Childhood and Adolescence. Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage, 2005.

Smith, Christian. The Religious and Spiritual Life of American Teenagers. New York: Oxford UP, 2005.

Steinsaltz, Adin. A Guide to Jewish Prayer. New York: Schocken, 2002.

Weinberg, Walter. For Goodness Sake: Religious Schools and Education for Democratic Citizenry. New York: Routledge, 2006.


Goldmintz, Jay. “Religious Development in Adolescence: A Work in Progress.” Tradition 37:4, 2003.

Jewish Educational Leadership 5:2 (Winter 2007)—issue devoted to “The Search for Spirituality in Jewish Education.”

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Religious Purposefulness

The AVI CHAI Foundation has promoted the notion that day schools are primary incubators of “religious purposefulness,” developing the capacity to live deep, authentic Jewish lives through regular contact with the sources of Jewish tradition, be they textual, ritual, communal. Authors here probe the ramifications of this notion for our understanding of the mission of day schools and their role in Jewish communal life.

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