Jewish Journal

Sometimes we bend the Rules

Sandy Ottenberg and Michelle Repole

6 days ago

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A couple of months ago we got called to do a Taharah on a pre-term twin. One twin lived, and is a beautiful baby girl. The other one died, and we prepared... More.

  • The Giver of Death

    Dr. Ruth Chodrow

    2 weeks ago

    [Editor’s Note: Some may find this entry controversial, or even distressing. I am not trying to decide this matter or indicate what to think or feel.... More.

  • At Death’s Door

    Karen B. Kaplan

    3 weeks ago

    For me, what’s on tap after death is unknowable. Not only that, what will happen right before is just about equally mysterious. How can we predict the... More.

  • Jacob & the Angel

    Me’irah Illinsky

    April 29, 2015 | 3:18 am

    Being a hospice chaplain, I encounter every side of life’s last phase: the person with the final illness & death and the grieving survivors. Being a... More.

  • Remembering Life by Jean Berman

    Jean B, Berman

    April 22, 2015 | 1:27 pm

    I have an affinity for the passage we use from the Shir HaShirim/Song of Songs while washing the body of the meit/deceased:


    How beautiful you are,... More.

  • Terrible Taharah

    Kerry Swartz

    April 15, 2015 | 3:13 am

    [Editor's Note: This was written some time ago, looking back. It reflects on a past experience and the author's response to it then.  The phrase 'comedy... More.

  • Who is So Into Death?

    Rena Boroditsky

    April 8, 2015 | 3:11 am

    Sometimes the question comes up: Who is behind Kavod v’Nichum? Who is it that spends their time working on matters around death and death rituals? Here... More.

  • Jewish Leader Linda Jum’s Death at 61 Galvanizes Her Chevrah Kadisha

    Lisa Brennan, Linda Jum, and Jane Susswein

    April 1, 2015 | 3:31 am

    [Editor’s Note: This entry is a bit of an ‘insider’ posting. It is longer than most, and deals with someone who was deeply involved in the Chevrah... More.

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