Ep 21: Living a Joyful & Purposeful Life with Bracha Goetz by Rabbi Jacob Rupp published on 2017-10-31T09:00:33Z What does living a joyful life mean to Bracha Goetz? How do parents frame the reality of the difficulties of life within a child’s lens? How do we equip our children with the emotional understanding necessary to handle life’s tough questions when they arise? And what does it really feel like to fulfill your purpose in life? Bracha Goetz is a children’s book author who uses her medium to convey deep psychological and emotional experiences to children from a young age, to give them the tools to understand the world around them at their own level. Having graduated from Harvard University and after beginning medical school to pursue intensive studies in psychology, Goetz uses her experiences and academic studies to confront many of the issues that people face today from the lens of a child. She says that if children have healthy exposure early on to issues they will inevitably face in life, they will be much more mentally and emotionally equipped to deal with their realities. The topics covered in her stories include death and loss, sexual abuse, general safety, building self-esteem, and so much more. Her approach is to show children the facts of life that they need to know in order to not be naive, but not to scare them away from the world. In order to do this, Goetz writes about these subjects in delightfully simple ways, opening up the dialog between parent and child in a natural, safe, and healthy environment. With the success of her books, Goetz reflects on how the idea to write these stories came about, and how her own connection to Judaism infuses each book she writes. She also speaks candidly about her journey to Orthodoxy and how her experiences and perspective shape how she approaches writing children’s book and of course how she raises her own children. In this episode you’ll learn: What it looks like in practice to live a meaningful life. How to teach children how to understand their emotions and themselves. A simple way to live a joyful life everyday.