Rabbi Harold Kushner

Arthur J. Magida

in Opening the Doors of Wonder

Published by University of California Press

Published in print October 2006 | ISBN: 9780520245457
Published online May 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780520941717 | DOI:
Rabbi Harold Kushner

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Religion, like other standards, is routine about its expectations of its followers, and, quite adeptly, achieves this task by motivating them to make common cause with the prescriptions of religion. However, a common cause does not envisage a total dissolution of the causes of any one side, but rather a compromise of proportions and the resultant predominant reflection of any one side. This chapter appraises the impact and deflections of such expectations on the children. The practice of rituals bears immense expectations for the children, in terms of making their parents proud, providing a buffer between the parents, reconciling to the advancing teen age of their wards, and the wards themselves, who are treading the customary rebellious path for the first time and are, hence, extremely eager. Occasionally, a pathological situation arrives when the child confesses to the discontinuity between his/her regard for the parents and the ignorance towards the ritual.

Keywords: expectation; parents; buffer; pathological situation; practice of rituals; teen age

Chapter.  3722 words. 

Subjects: Religious Studies

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