HAYIDION The Prizmah Journal


by RAVSAK Staff Issue: Nurturing Faith
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.


Benjamin, Alfred. The Helping Interview.

Buber, Martin. Hasidism and Modern Man.

Coles, Robert. The Spiritual Life of Children.

Fowler, James. Stages of Faith.

Goldmintz, Jay. The Impact of Family Environment on Religious Actions and Beliefs in Adolescents Attending Modern Orthodox Day School (doctoral dissertation, Azrieli Graduate School).

Gratton, Carolyn. The Art of Spiritual Guidance.

Kessler, Rachel. The Soul of Education: Helping Students Find Connection, Compassion, and Character at School.

Nouwen, Henri. The Wounded Healer.

Palmer, Parker. The Courage to Teach: Exploring the Inner Landscape of a Teacher’s Life.

Peerless, Shmuel. To Study and to Teach: The Methodology of Nechama Leibowitz.

Smith, Christian and Denton, Melina. Soul Searching: The Religious and Spiritual Lives of American Teenagers.

Smith, Christian and Snell, Patricia. Souls in Transition: The Religious & Spiritual Lives of Emerging Adults.

Weiss, Shira. Letting God In: The Spiritual Development of Modern Orthodox High School Girls (doctoral dissertation, Azrieli Graduate School).

Wolf, Anthony. Get Out of My Life, but First Could You Drive Me & Cheryl to the Mall: A Parent’s Guide to the New Teenager.


Eilberg, Amy, “Ayeh Mekom Kevodo?” United Synagogue Review, 2006.

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

Oser, Fritz, “Religious Development: Foundations, Stages and Constructs,” Studies in Jewish Education 5, 1990.

Regnerus, Mark and Elder, Glenn, “Religion and Vulnerability Among Low-risk Adolescents,” Social Science Research 32(4), 2003.

Spear, Linda, “The Adolescent Brain and Age-related Behavioral Manifestations,” Neuroscience & Biobehavioral Reviews 24(4), 2000.

Stark, Rodney, “Physiology and Faith: Addressing the ‘Universal’ Gender Difference in Religious Commitment,” Journal for the Scientific Study of Religion 41(3), 2002.

Online Resources


www.ijs-online.org, The Institute for Jewish Spirituality






www.youthandreligion.org, The National Study of Youth & Religion


Dov Bear

Frum Kiruv Maniac

Hasidic Rebel


Mar Gavriel


Not the Godol Hador


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Nurturing Faith

Faith is the most elusive quality to inculcate, the hardest to measure. Yet at some level, everything Jewish day schools seek to achieve depends upon it. The sense of belonging and connection that is fundamental to Jewish identity resides, at heart, in a sense of emunah, of trust and belief in something larger than ourselves. This issue considers factors that nourish Jewish faith of different kinds.

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