Video: Radical Amazement – How Can We Find Wonder in the World?

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Parenting can be messy and unpredictable but it can also be amazing! Rabbi Danya Ruttenberg teaches us the importance of incorporating radical amazement into our parenting.

This video is part of a series made possible by the Lippman Kanfer Foundation for Living Torah.

Our children constantly seem to find the “wow” in the world around them whether it be ants on the ground or a stick turned magic wand. Often times, we push this curiosity aside due to our busy schedules, being late, or just fatigue.

Ruttenberg encourages us to embrace a child’s sense of wonder and wow, also known as radical amazement. Radical Amazement was coined by Jewish scholar Abraham Joshua Herschel, who said, “Our goal should be to live life in radical amazement. ….get up in the morning and look at the world in a way that takes nothing for granted. Everything is phenomenal; everything is incredible; never treat life casually. To be spiritual is to be amazed.”

LEARN MORE Danya Ruttenberg was named one of The Jewish Week’s “36 Under 36” in 2010, and the same year was named one of the top 50 most influential women rabbis by The Jewish Daily Forward. She also has a parenting book called, “Nurture the Wow: Finding Spirituality in the Frustration, Boredom, Tears, Poop, Desperation, Wonder, and Radical Amazement of Parenting.”

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