Does anyone know of any Jewish Books on Education, preferably in English? I'm looking for something that gives insight into how to properly teach children and to communicate values so that they stick.

  • Answerers: As always for these types of questions, posts that list books without explaining how those books address this asker's needs will most likely be deleted. – msh210 Jun 9 '14 at 21:22

My suggestions are: Planting & Building in Education: Raising a Jewish Child Hardcover by Shlomo Wolbe

extract from the Amazon blurb,

“The author is one of the foremost spiritual leaders of our time. This book presents basic guidelines for parenting and education. The wisdom fills a great need for our generation and Rabbi Wolbe's vital teachings should be read and re-read by every Jewish parent and educator.


To Kindle a Soul: Ancient Wisdom for Modern Parents and Teachers Hardcover by Lawrence Kelemen (Rabbi Kelemen is a student of Rav Wolbe z"l)

extract from the Amazon blurb,

“the Torah's eternal wisdom that is proving itself the most effective, most humane, and most sensible way of teaching our children. Rabbi Kelemen, sets out a wonderfully practical Torah-based model for raising ethical, moral, and well-adjusted children, backing up his insights with over 400 scientific studies. This book is must reading for kiruv professionals and for parents, both observant and non-observant alike.

  • Is there a difference between the two since they are based off of the same teachings? – Bochur613 Jun 8 '14 at 17:39
  • I've not read Rabbi Kelemen's book: I know and admire the man. But it is apparently backed up by scientific studies. Rav Wolbe's book doesn't do that. – Avrohom Yitzchok Jun 8 '14 at 17:46
  • My Rebbe recommended R' Wolbe's book to me, but I didn't put it as an answer because I haven't read it and therefore don't know if it addresses your interests. – Y     e     z Jun 9 '14 at 2:37

I am reading a book called The Joy of Educating Children. It is taken from writings of R' Hirsch. So far, it is what it claims to be - A practical guide for Jewish parents. I haven't finished it, and even when I have I won't be able to tell you if it worked or not for a few decades, but so far I'd recommend it.

  • Do you believe it addresses what I wrote in the question? – Bochur613 Jun 8 '14 at 3:37
  • @Bochur613 Sir yes sir. I also assumed that when you said teach, that wen't along with the values part, not teaching them Torah. – Y     e     z Jun 8 '14 at 3:37
  • Although it is about other things also. Like creating positive children, and being close with your children. – Y     e     z Jun 8 '14 at 3:40

I recommend Partners with Hashem, written by a Jewish therapist. It goes through several scenarios that are very practical, although as with all books from therapists, it dwells on the kind of extreme situations that end up in therapy.

For a more traditional source, you could try The Principles of Education and Guidance by the Previous Lubavitcher Rebbe.


I found With Hearts Full of Love from R Mattisyahu Salomon to be very powerful, both anchored in traditional sources and very practical and implementable.

The editorial description reads

If you are a parent or if parenthood is on your horizon, Rav Mattisyahu Salomon, the illustrious Mashgiach of the Lakewood Yeshivah, is speaking directly to you in the pages of this important book. In his inimitable, down-to-earth style, the Mashgiach shows that all well-meaning, loving parents have the ability to bring up happy children who follow in their footsteps. His ideas are based on fundamental principles outlined in the teachings of Chazal and the sefarim of the Rishonim and Acharonim, and they are enriched by discussions and experiences with gedolei Yisrael of the past fifty years.

Of all the education books I read, it is the one that best resonates with me for your criteria of "gives insight into how to properly teach children and to communicate values so that they stick".


The introduction to the Chovat haTalmidim is addressed specifically to parents and educators with a goal toward teaching the proper perspective in raising children. When the Piaseczner Rebbe Hyd wrote this book it was as communities throughout Europe were contending with political upheavals, the enlightenment and other cultural factors that were ostensibly pulling youth away from their parents' way of life. The Rebbe's words still ring true and relevant in this day and age. The introduction used to be available online in PDF format but I can't find it this time.

In the meantime I will provide links to the original English translation as well as the newer adapted version which comes juxtaposed with the Hebrew text. As an aside: I'm more partial to the Odenheimer version of the translation which is a more literal translation. This is a worthwhile purchase.


I strongly recommend:

  1. The Book of Jewish Values, by Rabbi Joseph Telushkin (Harmony Publisher, 2000); quotes the Torah, the Talmud, and other sacred writings to give us a manual on how to teach values to children. In my opinion, an excelent book addressed to parents and educators.

  2. The Blessing Of A Skinned Knee: Using Jewish Teachings to Raise Self-Reliant Children by Wendy Mogel (Scribner,2001); This is a modern classic on parenting. Mogel’s vision for raising self-reliant children is both deeply loving and incredibly strong. I love this book.

  3. Teaching Jewish Virtues: Sacred Sources and Arts Activities by Susan Freeman (A.R.E. Publishing, 1999); has a Traditional Jewish aprroach and attitudes on virtues. It contains information on each virtue as it relates to oneself, Ben Adam Lemakom and Ben Adam Lechavero.

  4. Jewish Heroes, Jewish Values: Living Mitzvot in Today's World by Barry L. Schwartz (Behrman House, 1996) based on inspiring Jewish characters covering the worlds of science, sports, film, and politics. Includes activities at the back of the book to enable readers to see how they can fulfill Jewish values on their own lives.

  5. The Jewish Values Finder: A Guide to Values in Jewish Children Literature by Linda Silver (Neal Schuman Publishers, 2008) It contains an outstanding analysis of selected childrens books that promote Jewish values. An excelent source for parents, for sure.

Hope it helps :)

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