Season 01, Episode 10: Danya Ruttenberg – Parenting as a Spiritual Practice

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This week I speak with Rabbi Danya Ruttenberg, author of the new book, Nurture the Wow: Finding Spirituality in the Frustration, Boredom, Tears, Poop, Desperation, Wonder, and Radical Amazement of Parenting. Danya is also the author of Surprised By God: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love Religion, nominated for the 2010 Sami Rohr Prize for Jewish literature and a 2009 Hadassah Book Club selection. She is also editor of The Passionate Torah: Sex and Judaism (NYU Press) and Yentl’s Revenge: The Next Wave of Jewish Feminism.

Danya 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). She has written for The New York Times, The Atlantic, Salon, The San Francisco Chronicleand 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.  She is a regular contributor to The Huffington Post and has been featured on Upworthy.

I speak with her about her new book, about the differences in raising kids in Israel vs the USA, and the spiritual wisdom that guides her in the toughest parenting moments.

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In the intro I mention Danya’s ELI Talk – you can watch it here.

Intro music: V’shamru, Nefesh Mountain/ Someday, Michelle Citrin

Outro music: In the Morning, Jack Johnson

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