As the mother of seven, Susan Lapin knows that, “Train a child according to his way, “ isn’t just a nice sentiment, but a necessity. When one of the older Lapin children was losing her smile as she plodded through first grade, Susan began exploring ways to help her. This led to the Lapin’s 18-year-long homeschooling experiment, started before the idea of homeschooling was as well-known as it is today. Depending on the child, ’first day of school,’ photos were sometimes taken at high-school or college age.
After many years of devoting herself to her family and to teaching ancient Jewish wisdom throughout the Jewish community, Susan returned to the private sector by managing Lifecodex Publishing, the company that she and her husband founded to add another dimension to their ministry. Susan gets a thrill expanding her skills to include current technological innovations and managing the technical details of publishing their many CDs, DVDs and books.
Growing up in New York, Susan knew that she did not want to be a teacher. God’s plans proved her wrong. After receiving a stellar elementary and high school education, including extensive Biblical and Hebrew language studies, and graduating summa cum laude from college with a degree in Humanities, Susan began a career with a financial organization on the West coast.
Shortly after moving west, she walked into an amazing synagogue where a dynamic, young rabbi was teaching. Her life trajectory changed. As one of the few congregants with a knowledgeable Jewish background Susan soon found herself teaching classes to the synagogue’s adult women as well as marrying the rabbi, Daniel Lapin. Marriage entailed becoming a competent sailor, and, while busy with three children under three years old, Susan found herself outfitting a sailboat galley for what eventually became a 22 day sailing expedition from Los Angeles to Honolulu. Life had certainly changed.
As both the synagogue and the Lapin family grew, Susan and the other young mothers formed a tightly knit group that learned Torah as they shared child-raising experiences. Despite being intensely involved in creating a Jewish school for the community children, Susan responded to one of her own daughter’s needs by homeschooling. When the Lapins moved to Washington State when their eldest was eleven, homeschooling became a family activity.
As the seven Lapin children grew, Susan found more time for writing and speaking. Today, she writes the popular Susan’s Musings column and co-hosts the Ancient Jewish Wisdom TV show on the TCT network. She also collaborates on books with her husband and eagerly awaits new opportunities.