Passing on a Legacy of Faith to Our Children



“The greatest legacy one can pass on to one's children and grandchildren is not money or other material things accumulated in one’s life, but rather a legacy of character and faith.” — Billy Graham

In Judaism, faith is passed down from one generation to the next primarily through the holy observances, rituals, and traditions that happen within the life of the family. Through the weekly observance of the Sabbath, Jewish children learn the importance of setting priorities and putting God first. As the family gathers around the seder table for Passover, children learn the value of asking questions and seeking wisdom. Each holiday observed, and each tradition followed are opportunities to reinforce the fundamental values of faith.

Generation to Generation unlocks these holy observances and traditions and reveals the key values they reinforce. Each chapter also includes a special section containing insight on how the observance is mentioned in the Christian Bible along with questions and Bible stories to discuss with your family. Bible memory verses are offered to reinforce each key value.

These are the values and rituals that Yael Eckstein learned from her father, that she and her husband are now passing on to their four children, and that will allow you to pass on a strong and living faith to your children and grandchildren.

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“For years, I have longed for a book, a manual, that could be used by Christian families to transmit a living faith through the generations even while living in a hostile culture. Yael Eckstein has written that book. May you study it, may you adopt it, and more importantly, may you do what is written here.” — Gordon Robertson, President and CEO, The Christian Broadcasting Network, Inc.

“Your chapter on Shabbat will definitely help me to pass on this God-given blessing to my children. I know the Lord put it on my heart to read your [book], and I am blessed for it. Thank you!” — D. Caster, Fellowship supporter.

“The chapter [on the Sabbath] was outstanding, provoking reflective, meditative thoughts on my priorities on my sabbath day as a Christian. The added scriptures at the chapter’s end was an excellent idea! I am also thinking of families that would benefit from that book as their family devotion. Congratulations on a well-written book!” — H. Minter, Fellowship supporter.

“I think it is wonderful and very timely and very needed worldwide this book and true principles and love for God and others and true wisdom shared, Yael … Thank you for writing and living this and sharing.” — L. Weader, Fellowship supporter.


Yael Eckstein is President and CEO of the International Fellowship of Christians and Jews, the largest provider of humanitarian aid in Israel. Annually, The Fellowship raises more than $127 million, helping 1.5 million Jews in need in Israel and around the world.

Yael leads all ministry programs and serves as the international envoy and on-air advocate, giving her the rare distinction of being a woman leading one of the world’s largest religious charities. She recently was named by a leading Jewish publication as one of “top 100 individuals who have positively influenced Jewish life” for her work as “the world’s leading Jewish interfaith activist.”

Yael’s writings have appeared in a variety of respected publications, including The Jerusalem Post, Fox News, CBN, The Christian Post, Charisma and The Times of Israel. She is the author of two books: Holy Land Reflections: A Collection of Inspirational Insights from Israel, and Spiritual Cooking with Yael. In addition, she can be heard on The Fellowship’s radio program Holy Land Moments, which airs five times a week on nearly 1,000 stations in the U.S., Canada, and beyond.

Born in Chicago and now a proud citizen of Israel, Yael and her husband, Amichai, are the proud parents of Meyora, Liam, Sapir, and Shimmy, to whom they are imparting the legacy of faith.

Yael Eckstain