In a 2016 starred review, Publishers Weekly called Mamaleh Knows Best “an insightful and humorous guide to being a better parent…a comedy routine that’s full of chutzpah and pizzazz.” The review concluded, “Ingall’s engaging guide will help parents, Jewish and not, navigate the jagged terrain of child-rearing with a hearty dose of confidence and laughter.” The New York Times also loved the book, calling it “rich, insightful,” and noting, “If there’s one overarching lesson of the book, it’s that Jewish-style child rearing, at its best, is about raising a mensch — a person of true goodness and integrity — which is less of a discrete value than something like a master password that unlocks all the rest.”
“Marjorie Ingall’s Mamaleh Knows Best: What Jewish Mothers do to Raise Successful, Creative, Empathetic, Independent Children is a book of parenting advice that seamlessly combines criticism, contemplation, comedic memoir and research — including tidbits from Hasidic teachings, obscure psychoanalysis, old proverbs, new science, German etymology, and pedagogical policy (New York State class size caps are based on Talmudic recommendations!) — written in an energized, compelling voice. With wit, wisdom, humor, and a triumphant use of parenthetical asides, Ingall fights her case: Jewish mothers have long been raising ’moral kids who can thrive in a complicated world,’ by honing their spirituality, honesty, creativity and chutzpah, and teaching them how to live among others while maintaining a strong sense of self.” (The Jewish Book Council)
Where to buy:
Penguin Random House
Barnes & Noble
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