I recently got this one from my younger son, Gordon, age 8: "When you die, is it NOTHING or do you have a brain and a mind? Is there a heaven where you go and live?" He noted that the only people who really know the answer to these questions are those who've died but "if people are dead and there is no heaven and they have no brain, then they won't be able to remember what the question was. They'll finally know the answer to the question, but they won't have a brain to realize it."

Now I won't be about to foist that one off on the religious-school teacher. I'll have to answer it myself.

And then there's the really hard stuff-like arts and crafts. Maybe I can wrestle with life after death, but can I build a sukkah [wooden hut built for the holiday of Sukkot] out of popsicle sticks?

But what about Hebrew, the all-important language of prayer and the focal point of a boy's bar mitzvah, the coming-of-age ceremony? Unfortunately, I never adequately learned it in my Hebrew school days and don't see myself as qualified to pass it on. So I'm going to get around that by outsourcing the teaching of Hebrew to a Hebrew language tutor.

I've started the process of educating myself and preparing lessons. If it takes a village to raise a child, it's going to take the entire World Wide Web to help me teach my kids how to be Jews. As the editor-in-chief of Beliefnet, I have some assets that others might not have and I intend to take full advantage of them. I wrote to several book publishers about my dilemma and requested their "best books on Judaism." I'm warning Beliefnet's columnists that they may be getting some much tougher questions from Joe and Gordon than they ever got from me.

I plan to make this multimedia. I'm researching Jewish movies and music and software. I'm looking at incorporating volunteer service into our curriculum. And I think that when it comes to teaching Jewish values - helping others, for instance - we need not limit ourselves to Jewish sources. Gandhi and Mother Teresa and Jesus can teach us a great deal about tikkun olam [the Jewish concept of "repairing the world"].

Already I can see some real challenges.

So many of the figures in the Torah combine great heroism and nobility with grotesque behavior. Do I tell the kids about Solomon's many wives or David's decision to send a man to the front lines of battle so that his widow would be available for marrying?

The concept of Jews being "chosen" runs so contrary to what we're constantly trying to teach our kids about humility and equality. How do I explain it?

Hearing about Jewish persecution inspires me to try to be a better Jew in gratitude to the struggles of my ancestors. To kids, it tends to drown out the positive aspects of the faith and sometimes makes Judaism seem like a loser religion. How do I teach about persecution in a way that inspires rather than merely depresses?

And how do I make them proud and excited to be Jews without positioning it as "better than" Mommy's religion? This homeschooling experiment will drag me straight into the dilemma-so important in this day-of how to promote religious pride without arrogance or conflict.

Indeed, it's already become clear that my homeschooling experiment will force me to confront not only how to teach our kids but how Judaism itself ought to evolve.

My sense is that when it comes to religious education, each faith can learn from the others. What was so good about Amy's church Sunday school and how could Jewish education borrow from that? How can I turn the fact that my boys are Jews in an interfaith family into an advantage rather than a point of confusion?

We'll be continuing to go to services at a synagogue for the big holidays, but for the next twelve months Daddy will be the Sunday school.

In the course of the coming year, I will be writing regularly about my efforts to homeschool my Jewish kids, though I suspect that much of what I encounter will be of interest to any parents wrestling with how to convey religious values or heritage to their children.

In addition to showing the intellectual and emotional dilemmas that arise, I'll be giving you practical assessments of which books and resources worked well for me and which didn't.

I'll be tapping all the experts I can find-including you. If you have any suggestion on what has worked in providing a religious education to your child-whether you're Jewish or of another faith-please either post it in the "miniboard" next to this article or send me an email at: helpsteve@staff.beliefnet.com. Together, we should be able to give my kids a decent Jewish education. Along the way, I expect that I (and perhaps some readers) will also learn a few things about what it means to be a Jew, and perhaps what it means to be a person of faith in America today.