When do we have enough?
This is a retelling of a beloved folktale about a man who is dissatisfied with his too-small home. In this version, wise Aunty Bella recommends crowding the house with animals to see “what a difference that will make!” Author/illustrator Jessica Souhami’s fanciful drawings bring the disastrous and comical results to life.
Being happy with what you have – Sameach b’chelko
Pirkei Avot, a collection of rabbinic sayings, suggests that true wealth and happiness comes from appreciating what we already have.
Picture your treasures
Walk around your home with your child and take pictures of the things you treasure. Help children focus on things other than toys. You might photograph the garden where Grandma plants flowers or vegetables. Snap a picture when dad makes a favorite breakfast. Be sure to capture siblings cuddling on the sofa. Make a collage or mobile from these pictures.
THE JEWISH ART OF TIDYING UP
Was Marie Kondo inspired by this Jewish value?