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In honor of the 90 year celebration of Anshe Sholom Chabad JCC our tenured Rabbi, who now celebrates one decade at ASC JCC, Mordechai Z. Hecht, will produce periodical videos and Chinuch-sheets for parents and educators, on the values, structure, laws and customs on the Jewish education of Children.


Rabbi Mordechai Z. Hecht, from a huge family and a generational line of rabbis patrilineally and matrilineally will share with you everything he has culled from the most creative teachers, Rabbis and educators as well as codifiers, bringing you the bottom line on Jewish Education. Helping us bolster a more robust and comprehensive, happy and healthy next Jewish generation, forever!

              Chabad Chinuch, since 1745

~The Road to Jewish Adulthood ~

With Rabbi Mordechai Z. Hecht 


Introduction 1: When we refer to Children in Jewish tradition we are referring to boys under 13 and girls under 12 years of age. After which they are deemed adults and must follow the full script of the law as for any and all adults above 18 and 21 years of age. The classic understanding of education, as in the Mitzvah which lies upon the parents to educate their children by code of Jewish law  - Mitzvas Chinuch - is in turn by definition: the precept to train the child accordingly at a young age so that they will do so upon maturing. No difference between boy or girl.

This obligation has (3) biblical sources: 1)"Teach them to your children" (Devarim 11;19) 2)"You Shall tell your son on that day" (Shemos 13,8. 3) "Train a child in a way they shall go" (Mishlei 22;6). It is upon these basic precepts that we will engage in the conversation of Jewish Education.

Note: Even though classically by code of Jewish law, parents are NOT obligated above this age to educate them, parents ARE however encouraged to reprove their children/adults, when they act inappropriately

Introduction 2: The primary parenting principle is that similar to every endeavor which begins with a plan and vision so to the education of children must come with a plan and a vision. We must know what our primary goals are. Jewish tradition offers a parenting vision and definition that has trail blazed the path even for modern enlightened parents.   


  1. ~ General Laws:
  2. ~ The Mitzvah of Educating your children:
  3. ~ Public and Jewish Day School - how to decide: Sarah Esther Crispe
  4. ~ Physical Connections: Infants and nursing: 
  5. ~ Physical connections: The Stages 
  6. ~ On Keys elements of discipline, obedience and encouragement  
  7. ~ Educating children to perform Mitzvos:
  8. ~ Educating carefulness regarding Prohibitions:
  9. ~ "Reminder room" vs. "your grounded". 
  10. ~ Educating children about Shabbos:
  11. ~ Educating Children on Holidays:
  12. ~ Rosh Hashanah 
  13. ~ Yom KIppur
  14. ~ Sukkos:
  15. ~ Rosh Chodesh: 
  16. ~ Chanukah:
  17. ~ Purim: 
  18. ~ Pesach: Wine, Matzah, Marror, Afikomen, Cup of Eliyahu, Shema at Night
  19. ~ Shavuos
  20. ~ Educating children on Kosher: Choluv Akum, Bishul Akum, Pas Palter, Looking for Kosher Symbols 
  21. ~ Educating children about Tzitsis: and see #16 there. Jacob Emanuel Schochet
  22. ~ Educating children on prayer: Jacob Emanuel Schochet 
  23. ~ Educating children and the Mitzvah of Tzedakah & Philanthropy: 
  24. ~ Educating Children on cleanliness & orderliness: 
  25. ~ On rebuking children appropriately: When children fightback, 
  26. ~ When a child complains about a teacher: 
  27. ~ Children and Fast Days:
  28. ~ Educating children on the Mitzvah of Holiness & reverence of G‑d:
  29. ~ Educating children on Teshuva - correcting wrongs: Jacob Emanuel Schochet
  30. ~ Educating children on punishable acts: 
  31. ~ Educating Children on: Honoring their Father and Mother : By Jacob Emmanuel Schochet OB"M
  32. ~ ...Mother: Yissachar Frand
  33. ~ Continued...Siblings:  by Johnathon Sacks
  34. ~ Continued...Grandparents: by Elisha Greenbaum
  35. ~ Continued...Teachers: Moshe Bogomilsky
  36. ~ Abbreviated prayers for children:
  37. ~ Adoptive parents: Rearing, Participating, Yichud, Marriage 
  38. ~ Children of Divorce 
  39. ~ Fostering: Creativity, Curiosity, Open mindedness, love of learning, bravery, persistence, integrity with others, and vitality, humility,  hope and spirituality,Loyalty, guilt, and jealousy, anger and curiosity (in no particular order). 
  40. ~ Educating children on self worth and healthy self esteem: Rachel
  41. ~ On speaking so kids will listen, listen so kids will speak.
  42. ~ Techniques: Interaction, games, crafts, ingenuity, proposing and asking, living and learning
  43. ~ On Being an involved Parent: 
  44. ~ Reflecting and deflecting on your childhood education: deciphering goods from bads. 
  45. ~ Instilling core values and secondary values and tertiary values
  46. ~ On Education verses options 
  47. ~ On never giving up on your child 
  48. ~ On a Variety of extreme behaviors:
  49. ~ ...moody etc. 
  50. ~ ...Sibling rivalry by Rachel
  51. ~ ...embracing differences: Yissachar Frand
  52. ~ ...siblings with OCD or Autism: 
  53. ~ On working with and not against Educators ad vice versa.
  54. ~ Educating children about genderism, growing up, and types of abuse. 
  55. ~ On life is not a box, or a shape and a child is not a number. 
  56. ~ On becoming a Bar Mitzvah:
  57. ~ On Becoming a Bat Mitzvah: 
  58. ~ On the Mitzvah of Tefillin:
  59. ~ On the Mitzvah of Lighting Shabbos candles:
  60. ~ On embracing modesty and the world we live in
  61. ~ Educating children about drugs
  62. ~ Educating Children about fears 

  For Educators:

  1. What it means to be an educator:
  2. The difference between a teacher, professor and an educator:
  3. To Love your student and treat them right:
  4. To strive to be a great educator and increase student body:
  5. Stories of great educators:
  6. Why "don't scream" and why most often it doesn't work.
  7. Why never use physical force( except in extreme emergencies)
  8. On Instilling the love of learning 
  9. Praise vs denouncement
  10. Successful reward and punishment systems
  11. Why Never use sarcasm:
  12. Why Maintain the dialogue, always 
  13. On how to retain control
  14. Teachers telling on a senior staff member:
  15. Principals reprimanding staff: 




A growing list of Great Books on the education of Jewish Children:

1. Effective Jewish parenting by: Miriam Levi 

2. The Halacha of Educating Children by Rav Yehoshua Neuwirth

3. To raise a Jewish Child by Hayim Halevi Donin 

4. The art of Parenting - JLI publications

5. Jewish Law in Education - Rabbi Bunim