Parenting as a Spiritual Practice

Parenting as a Spiritual Practice
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Can parenting be a spiritual practice? Rabbi Danya Ruttenberg argues that raising children can transform an individual’s experience of wonder, radical amazement, prayer, and God. She asserts that expressi... See more

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How to transcend baby poop to become a spiritual parent

Rabbi Danya Ruttenberg is no stranger to mulling over the big things in life. In her day job as Educational Director at the Hillel International initiative Ask Big Questions she gets paid to ponder such imponderables as for whom are we responsible? And when does one conform versus taking a stand?

"Nurture the Wow": Q&A with Rabbi Danya Ruttenberg

Rabbi Danya Ruttenberg, educational consultant for Ask Big Questions, has just published a new book, 'Nurture the Wow,' about making parenthood the path to living fully, authentically and soulfully. Danya previously served as senior Jewish educator at Tufts Hillel and as campus rabbi at Northwestern Hillel.

Rabbi Danya  Ruttenberg, 

Writer and Educator

Rabbi Danya Ruttenberg is the author of Nurture the Wow: Finding Spirituality in the Frustration, Boredom, Tears, Poop, Desperation, Wonder, and Radical Amazement of Parenting (Flatiron Books), as well as Surprised By God: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love Religion (Beacon Press), nominated for the 2010 Sami Rohr Prize for Jewish literature and a 2009 Hadassah Book Club selection; editor of The Passionate Torah: Sex and Judaism (NYU Press) and Yentl’s Revenge: The Next Wave of Jewish Feminism (Seal Press).She has written for The New York Times, The Atlantic, Salon, The San Francisco Chronicle, and has also appeared in the Best Jewish Writing series, the new edition of Encyclopedia Judaica, and Bitch magazine’s Bitchfest, as well as many other publications. Rabbi Ruttenberg received rabbinic ordination from the Ziegler School of Rabbinic Studies in Los Angeles, and a BA in Religious Studies from Brown University. Currently, Rabbi Ruttenberg serves as the Director of Education for Ask Big Questions, an initiative of Hillel International, and has previously served as Senior Jewish Educator at Tufts Hillel and Campus Rabbi at Northwestern Hillel. She has been named by Newsweek and The Daily Beast as one of ten “rabbis to watch,” one of the top 50 most influential women rabbis, and as one of the “36 Under 36″ (36 most influential leaders under age 36).