Religious Action Center of Reform Judaism
Children and Jewish Values
Connections between Jewish traditions and the welfare of children


"By the breath of children God sustains the world" (Talmud Bavli, Shabbat 119b). Jewish tradition places great value on the sanctity and welfare of children. Children, like all human beings, are created in the image of God. It is humanity's obligation to protect and nurture this divine spark, enabling children to reach their fullest potential. Children are the inheritors of the future and must be taught how to be stewards of the world. As it is written, "One who teaches a child Torah is considered to have taught that child and that child's children and grandchildren, to the end of the generations" (Kiddushin 30a). By helping our children develop into educated, healthy, vibrant adults, we reaffirm the value of life and God's handiwork.

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