Jewish Journal

The language of pleading eyes

By Rabbi David Wolpe

May 7, 2014 | 2:38 pm

Elaine Wolpe and husband Rabbi Gerald Wolpe attend a celebration at Sinai Temple in Los Angeles in 2008. Photos courtesy of Rabbi David Wolpe

“The music of his life suddenly stopped.” So reads a line in Chaim Nachman Bialik’s powerful poem, “After My Death.” 

My mother’s music suddenly stopped 30 years ago, but she is still... read full article

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