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  • Double Exposure

    3 weeks ago

    This time it felt like the lowering of the coffin was taking place in a slow-motion film. When it finally bottomed, the descent seemed deeper than usual too. I have officiated at perhaps over one hundred funerals, so you would think I would know the norms. But this one was for my...

  • Necessary Mourning: Healing the Loss of a Parent through Jewish Ritual

    October 26, 2016 | 4:22 am

    [Ed. Note:  Ms. Abraham-Klein is the author of a new book that explores mourning. The book was just published (October 2016). The following is an essay she wrote for Expired And Inspired, explaining how her interest in the topic came about, what brought her to write this book, and...

  • Shiva Minyanim

    October 19, 2016 | 4:29 am

    Leafing through some old notebooks recently, I came across something I had written when living in Mt. Airy, a suburb of Philadelphia where I went to rabbinical school. The neighborhood is home to many rabbinical students and faculty, and other Jewish people, all within easy walking...

  • Things not to say to mourners (and some things you can do instead)

    By Esther D. Kustanowitz

    October 10, 2016 | 11:21 am

    When friends announce on Facebook that a loved one needs prayers, or is in the hospital, or that they’re going through a hard time, I get a sinking feeling. And while recovery sometimes happens, sometimes, it doesn’t. So when I read, “I am heartbroken to announce …,” my heart...

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  • Loss has no closure

    July 18, 2016 | 1:15 pm

    I was just listening to the news about, Lane Grave, the 2 year old boy that was dragged away, by an alligator at Disney World in Florida.

    The horror happened in front of his parents. As it was reported, the authorities had given up on finding the child alive, but according to the...

  • Mourning Jewishly for a parent as a convert

    July 13, 2016 | 4:28 am

    Jewish tradition holds that converts are not obligated to mourn for their biological parents—even though the weight of honoring one’s parents is considered second only to fear of God on the scale of mitzvot.[1] So, when their parents die, Jews-by-choice feel themselves placed into...

  • Father of 10 killed in terrorist shooting remembered as intellectual and giving man

    July 5, 2016 | 10:06 am

    More than 1,000 mourners attended the funeral for a father of 10 who was killed in a West Bank drive-by shooting.

    The funeral of Rabbi Michael “Miki” Mark was held Sunday in the Otniel settlement in the West Bank followed by his burial in Jerusalem. Mark was killed Friday when...

  • Zachor — A Prayer for Unacknowledged Mourners

    May 11, 2016 | 4:01 am

    I am mourning the loss of my beloved grandchild. I am the mother (father) of the mourner, and the grandmother (grandfather) of the mait (maita) — but oddly — I sit in this Shiva house without anything spiritual to bring comfort or peace.  There is nothing for me to hold on to, as I...

  • Segmented Purim, Segmented Mourning

    March 23, 2016 | 4:35 am

     [With appreciation to Betsy Teutsch of Philadephia for earlier conversations on this topic. R.Tabak]

    Jews will soon be celebrating the raucous holiday of Purim, based on the biblical book of Esther, celebrating their rescue from planned destruction with masquerades and parodies,...

  • What are we doing when we sit Shiva?

    October 7, 2015 | 3:49 am

    Sitting shiva [the Jewish custom of a period of intense mourning during the first seven days following the death and funeral] can be understood from a multiple of vantage points. It can be seen anthropologically as a tradition of how the Jewish people respond to a death. It can be...

  • When the Rabbi Brings You Grape Juice

    By Susan Esther Barnes

    August 19, 2015 | 1:00 am

    As is done at many synagogues in the US, at the end of the Friday night service we say Kiddush, the blessing over the wine as we sanctify Shabbat. Technically, the prayer starts by thanking God for “the fruit of the vine,” and because there are minors present, as well as others who...

  • On loss: Ten lessons from Sheryl Sandberg’s Facebook post

    By Dr. Afshine Emrani

    June 3, 2015 | 5:46 pm

    Facebook Chief Operating Officer, Sheryl Sandberg marked the 30th day (sheloshim) of her husband's passing in a moving and gut wrenching post on her Facebook page. I have read it over and over again, and cried, as should you.  She is a poignant teacher who turns her loss into...

  • Open Letter to Mayim Bialik

    By Susan Esther Barnes

    April 21, 2015 | 2:08 pm

    Actress and neuroscientist Mayim Bialik announced this week that her father died during Passover. She is deep in mourning, and her brief but heartfelt post about it, “Mourning my Father’s Death,” brought up some important points which I believe deserve a response.

    Dear Mayim –

    ...

  • Escorting a Soul

    By Diana Emuna

    March 9, 2015 | 11:30 am

    My friend’s mother died this week.  The world is a little less friendly, less warm and less kind without her.   She was a lady who had a warm smile and was lovely to talk to.

    When a parent of a friend dies, I think of my own experience.  My dad died when I was a teenager.  He...

  • ON THE ELEVEN MONTHS

    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...

  • Prophets and mensches; Remembering Rabbi Schulweis and Rabbi Beerman

    By Rob Eshman

    December 30, 2014 | 10:25 am

    I’ve only fallen in love with two rabbis in my life. One I married. The other was Harold Schulweis. 
     
    He had been ailing for months, so his death Dec. 18 at the age of 89 was not unexpected.
     
    So, too, the passing of Rabbi Leonard Beerman, who died Dec. 24 at 93.  
     
    ...
  • Letter to Japan: Why we mourn, what we lost

    November 24, 2014 | 10:07 am

    Many people I meet in Japan ask, why we Jews revere the memory of Chiune Sugihara. The obvious reason is that this man, along with his wife, through their bravery and steadfastness, saved thousands of Jews from certain death at the hands of the Nazis during the WWII Nazi Genocide,...

  • A Shortened Shiva:  Shortchanging Jewish Law?

    November 12, 2014 | 7:47 am

    Religion is full of “shoulds” and “musts.” But feelings follow laws of their own, exacting their own in-house penalties when they are broken. Judaism has many laws for grievers, including the length of the formal mourning period known as shiva. The usual proscribed length is seven...

  • How Jewish ritual helped me find my way through loss

    By Danielle Berrin

    October 2, 2014 | 1:02 pm

    I had to press my lips closed, the day after it ended.

    The ritual was no longer mine. My duty was complete. But the words, with their cadences and rhythms, their alliterative twists — yitgadal v’yitgadash — had become my anthem. For 11 months, I had owned these words, claimed...

  • Learning to Comfort, Learning to Do

    September 17, 2014 | 5:00 am

    As I’ve read the recent entries on this blog, I’ve been struck that something like this would never have existed a generation ago. And I don’t mean the social media aspect but the subject matter: the topic of death was not out in the open until recently.

    Death in general, and the...

  • Jewish summer camps grappling with murders of Israeli teens

    July 8, 2014 | 12:48 pm

    On the morning of June 30, the children began arriving at Camp Solomon Schechter in Olympia, Wash., ready for a fun-filled summer.

    But shortly before the first little feet descended the bus steps, the sleepaway camp’s Israeli counselors learned from back home about the discovery...

  • Family of slain Palestinian refuses to receive Peres

    July 8, 2014 | 8:47 am

    The family of Muhammad Abu Khdeir, the teen killed in an alleged revenge attack, rejected a condolence visit by Israeli President Shimon Peres.

    Peres’ security detail was turned away Monday when it came to prepare for the visit.

    Other visits reportedly have been canceled by...

  • Obituaries

    September 3, 2013 | 5:08 pm

    Sheldon Abrams died July 15 at 74. Survived by wife Tanya; sons Jeffrey (Michelle Breslauer), Steven (Natalia); 3 grandchildren; sister Beverly Manekofsky; brother Marvin. Hillside

    Karen Berman-Riddle died July 14 at 51. Survived by husband John; daughter Marie; mother Helen...

  • Reflections on the first mourner’s daddish in honor of Memorial Day

    May 23, 2013 | 9:16 am

    Kaddish - The origins of this most famous Jewish prayer are shrouded in history.  Most agree that it began with the central words, “Y’hei Sh’mei Rabbah Mevorach L’Olam u’l’Almei Almaya,” or “May God’s Name be praised now and forever.” One source suggests that the Kaddish was...

  • Obituaries: Oct. 26 - Nov. 1, 2012

    October 24, 2012 | 11:13 am

    Mina Bear died Sept. 18 at 88. Survived by daughter Moraye (John Hall); brothers Nate, Leo Rosen. Hillside

    Edythe Berman died Sept. 18 at 91. Survived by husband Isaac; son Paul (Becky) Gerwin; daughter Jeane (Zane Marhea) Freer; stepsons Ed (Robin) Ron, Gil (Nancy); 5...

  • The Meaning of Memory: A Yizkor Reflection

    September 19, 2012 | 1:57 pm

    I grew up in a home filled with food and love and laughter and music and Yiddishkayt and stories. I was the youngest of four kids and we were part of a tribe in Boro Park, Brooklyn, with my uncle Nat’s family living on the floor above us, my uncle Ruby’s family living next door to...

  • The Art of a Shiva Minyan

    By Susan Esther Barnes

    August 8, 2012 | 8:00 am

    A year or two ago, the cantor of our synagogue gave a class on how to lead a shiva minyan, which is a prayer service for a person who has died. Usually, it is held in the home of a loved one. The word shiva means “seven,” and traditionally a family will observe shiva for even...

  • Purim’s Gift

    By Rav Yosef Kanefsky

    March 6, 2012 | 12:35 am

    I remember the Purim that fell during the year that I was mourning the loss of my father. Early on, I mentioned to my wife that I just wasn’t going to be in the mood to go to the Purim Seuda being held at shul, and she lovingly and generously offered to make a low-key Seudah at...

  • Obituaries: Nov. 4-10 2011

    November 1, 2011 | 7:57 pm

    Raymonde Abitbol died Oct. 2 at 80. Survived by brother George Abitbol. Hillside

    Renee Gittler died Oct. 12 at 56. Survived by companion Jeffrey Resnick; daughters Jennifer, Nicole; mother Camille Venus; brother David (Renee) Venus. Hillside

    Vivian S. Hoffman died Oct. 16 at 85....

  • The mourning after

    October 20, 2011 | 5:13 pm

    Each culture has rituals and customs surrounding death, and Judaism is no exception. Jewish tradition and the Jewish community provide mourners with structure and direction during the grieving process.

    When a family member dies, those left behind often find themselves in a state of...

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