Jewish Journal

Isn’t it Depressing?

Rena Boroditsky

June 25, 2014 | 2:54 pm

Photo: Kerry Swartz 2014

People say to me, “I don’t understand how you do your job,” or,”What's it like to be surrounded by death all the time?  Isn't it depressing?”

It’s not depressing, but it can be sad.... read on

  • She is Pure

    Rabbi Me'irah Illinsky

    June 18, 2014 | 2:26 pm

    My first Taharah, ritual purification, was a trial of courage for me. I stepped in with little preparation, and it was new to me.

    We met as the sun was going down, to prepare the metah (Hebrew for a deceased female) for burial the next morning. The difference between someone very... read on

  • Guarding the Body of a Friend

    Kohenet Ellie Barbarash

    June 13, 2014 | 11:32 am

    I left for the airport as soon as I got the call. My friend Yosefa, a brilliant tattoo artist, educator, and fellow Kohenet, was on her deathbed, dying of a brain tumor. I booked the next flight from Philadelphia to Seattle in time to do shemirah, to guard her body and soul after... read on

  • Expired and Inspired

    By Rabbi Joe Blair

    June 9, 2014 | 11:03 am

    Welcome to Expired & Inspired.

    Don’t be fooled by the title. This is not your everyday blog. It is not a self-help blog. It is not about feel-good stories (though there may be some). It is not about Yoga. It is not about breathing. It is not what most people would pick as a best... read on