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Excerpted from Golden Rules: The Ten Ethical Values Parents Need to Teach Their Children by Rabbi Wayne Dosick. Copyright 1995 by Rabbi Wayne Dosick. Excerpted by permission of HarperCollins Publishers, Inc.  All rights reserved. No part of this excerpt may be reproduced or reprinted without permission in writing from the publisher.  HTML and web pages copyright by SpiritSite.com.
 


"When you teach your children to see the value and worth of every human being... then you teach your children to see the Divine spark within everyone -- and to touch the Divine spark within themselves."

Rabbi Wayne Dosick, Golden Rules, Part 2

The pslamist's answer to his own question gives him -- and us -- comfort and joy: "You have made us almost Divine. You have crowned us with honor and glory. You have given us sway over all Your works, O Lord, the world is filled with the greatness of Your glory."

In every human being, there is a spark of the Divine, an image of the Eternal.

Knowing this, of course, could be cause for conceit and arrogance. But, just as assuredly, it can be cause for confidence and faith.

That is why an old legend teaches that every person should have two pockets. In one pocket should be a piece of paper on which is written, "I am but dust and ashes." In the other pocked should be a piece of paper on which is written, "For my sake alone was the world created."

When a person is feeling too proud, he should take the paper from the first pocket and read it: "I am but dust and ashes."

When a person is feeling disheartened or lowly, she should take the paper from the second pocket and read it: "For my sake alone was the world created."

We are the joining together of two worlds. Of dust we were fashioned, but our spirit is the breath of the Divine.

When you teach your children to see the value and worth of every human being, when you teach your children to honor and respect the uniqueness of each person, then you teach your children to see the Divine spark within everyone -- and to touch the Divine spark within themselves.

In Family

Even though reality is radically different now, you may still -- like so many other of today's parents -- carry with you the fantasy image of the "ideal" American family.

Television's Ozzie and Harriet and Leave It to Beaver portrayed the mythical "perfect" family: a working father, a stay-at-home mother, two children, and two cars -- one, of course, a station wagon with wood paneling on the sides -- parked in the driveway of a suburban house, with a basketball hoop on the garage and a dog frolicking on the front lawn.

Loving parents and children -- unfazed by life's everyday realities and undaunted by major challenges or minor conflicts -- easily solved life's little problems with nonchalance and gentle humor, in thirty minutes or less.

We know that these kinds of families are little more than the creative imagination of Hollywood script writers.

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