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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... More.

  • 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... More.

  • 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... More.

  • 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... More.

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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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