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Texts for Yachdav Table Conversations – Intergenerational

Continuing in our series to get excited for Yachdav, here are some of the texts you may find waiting for you at the Intergenerational table:

“Life can only be understood backwards, but it must be lived forwards.”
 -Søren Kierkegaard (1813 – 1855)

“Families are the main context of learning for most people. Learning within the family is usually more lasting and influential than any other. Family life provides a foundation and context for all learning.”  
-Riches Beyond Price: Making the Most of Family Learning, NIACE, 1995

Intergenerational relationships are created through intergenerational learning, as people of all ages learn from each other and grow in faith together. 
-Intergenerational Faith Formation, Mariette Martineau, Joan Weber and Leif Kehrwald

Who is wise? Those who learn from everyone. 
-Pirkei Avot 4:1

By delving into the diversity of opinion that characterizes intergenerational dialogue, we challenge the deepest recesses of our intellect and activate our individuality, using the words and ideas of those who came before us to articulate opinions that are uniquely our own—which is precisely what the new generation demands. 
-The Children of Prophets: Intergenerational Transmission and the Ethics of Tradition; The Elie Wiesel Foundation for Humanity Prize in Ethics 2011

Intergenerational Communication: Ultimately, Judaism survives not through schools or synagogues, but through families — parent to child, child to parent — the established, indispensable formula for growth developed in the Haggadah. http://ohr.edu/holidays/pesach/pesach_themes/4735

Children have never been very good at listening to their elders, but they have never failed to imitate them.
– James A. Baldwin

Children learn about their culture on their own initiative without explanations from the elders. They in essence “watch and learn” from others in the family.  http://amsamoa.net/culture

In order for children to experience successful Jewish learning and to acquire the skills, values and behavior that we identify as critical to the goals of Jewish education, the learning needs to take place within the context of a community of learners. 
-What we now know about Jewish education. P. 147

Current research about religious and cultural transmission places the family at the center. The family is the place where we learnt about who are and how to interact with the world. 
-What we now know about Jewish education. P. 145

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