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The Conference That Was Dead On

By Rabbi Joe Blair

5 days ago

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Yesterday, Tuesday February 24th, 2015, the 13th Annual Kavod v’Nichum Chevrah Kadisha conference concluded in Austin, Tx. A group of about 75 people from all over North America came... read on

  • Prayer for Shomerim

    D.L. Lang

    2 weeks ago

    Prayer for the Shomerim*

    As you travel towards the funeral home,
    May you be blessed with patience.

    As you enter the chapel,
    May you be blessed with slowing.

    As you relieve your predecessor,
    May you be blessed with hugs and knowing silence.

    As you gather near the... read on

  • Dreaming of Taharah

    Rachel Kay

    3 weeks ago

    I am involved in a wanna-be group. We’ve desired to form a Chevrah Kadisha and begin providing taharah rituals in our area for several years. We have come up against many obstacles, interestingly, mostly from within (ability to organize, commit time, etc.). 

    I had this experience... read on

  • Washing Her Hair

    Nancy Dotti

    February 4, 2015 | 3:30 am

    I will always remember one of the first taharot I did around six years ago. As I washed and combed the hair of the metah I saw the image of her mother combing her hair as a small child, and then I saw a lover caressing her hair.

    She had been a child loved by parents, and then had... read on

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  • Kavod v’Nichum: Nurses, the Dying, and the Newly Dead

    Elayne Kornblatt Phillips & Beth Epstein

    January 28, 2015 | 3:12 am

     “On my way home I stopped and picked up some things for her, like baby shampoo and stuff…because I wanted to give her a little something extra because it was her last day.”

    --Neonatal Intensive Care Nurse, discussing the imminent death of her tiny patient.

    For nurses, caring... read on

  • Vidui (Final Confession)

    Rabbi Laurie Dinerstein-Kurs

    January 21, 2015 | 3:00 am

    As I have sat with so many people as they were dying, I never felt comfortable listening to or reading, the traditional, standard Vidui, as it is.

    It is so dark, and so filled with gloom, that not one of the patients I have shared the vidui with - I believe- felt comforted, felt... read on

  • Where ARE you anyway?

    Michael Slater MD

    January 14, 2015 | 3:00 am

    The first question God asks a human is a tricky one.

    Adam and Eve, having just eaten of the forbidden fruit, hear the voice of God meandering through the Garden amidst the breezy rustlings of the day. God asks them, “Ayekha—Where are you?”  The answer was a simple one. “Hineni—... read on

  • ON THE ELEVEN MONTHS

    Diane Bernbaum

    January 7, 2015 | 3:00 am

    It worked the way it was supposed to work. Really. When my dad died, after those first shakey few days, saying Kaddish got easy. My dad’s life was full and meaningful and he had accomplished much. He had struggled with cancer for a year and had become so frail that it was clearly... read on

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Death and funerals have long been taboo subjects. From preparing the deceased for burial to choosing a cemetery, many Jewish end-of-life rituals are unknown until experienced...

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