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  • Learning to Comfort, Learning to Do

    Dr. Dan Fendel

    6 days ago

    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...

  • Finding Our Comfort

    By Beit T'shuvah

    August 8, 2014 | 10:03 am

    By Rabbi Mark Borovitz

    In the Jewish world we are entering the period of Nachama—comfort after commemorating the destruction of the temples on Tisha B'Av. We are also involved in preparation for the High Holidays. Our world, right now, is anything but comforting. As individuals,...

  • Dating 101: Making a List of Requirements

    By Ilana Angel

    June 12, 2013 | 6:36 pm

    I have started dating and it is interesting.  By dating of course I mean I like to make dates, then chicken out and cancel them.  It is hard, but I am trying. I want to meet someone wonderful to share my life with, and apparently in order for that to happen, I have to date. I have...

  • Bikur cholim manners

    By Rabbi David Wolpe

    April 10, 2013 | 7:05 am

    Every disease is a social disease. When a person is diagnosed, his or her family, friends and community are involved as well. The shock moves through a widening circle, and the questions are always the same: How do we react; how should we react? Will I say the right thing; is there...

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  • How to comfort and be comforted

    By Rabbi N. Daniel Korobkin

    August 14, 2008 | 12:46 am

    Consoling people after they've suffered a loss, especially when it's the death of a loved one, is never easy. No matter what we say, we can never bring back the beloved to this world. How often do we sit by the mourner's side in awkward silence, feeling completely impotent in our...
  • Gear Up for an Israel Vacation

    By Lisa Alcalay Klug

    June 15, 2006 | 8:00 pm

    With summer travel to Israel around the corner, now's the time to plan your packing strategy. From new high-tech gadgets to easy-care clothing, from hybrid shoes to crushable sun hats, there's plenty to choose from as gifts for loved ones and must-haves for your own comfort. We've...

  • A Prayer for Victims of Hurricane Katrina

    By Rabbi Naomi Levy

    September 8, 2005 | 8:00 pm

    Are You watching, God?

    Have You seen the innocent swept away?

    Are You listening, God?

    Have You heard their cries?

    Be with them, God.

    Be their strength and their comfort.

    Let them know You are near.

    Work through us, God.

    Teach us to be Your messengers on earth.

    Wake us up, God,

    ...
  • Laser Heart Surgery

    By  Orit Arfa

    May 26, 2005 | 8:00 pm

    My only decent pair of glasses broke en route from Los Angeles to Israel, and I took it as a sign -- it was time to for corrective laser surgery, a.k.a. LASIK.

    "Make sure on the day of surgery someone comes with you," the Israeli receptionist said to me after I set my appointment.

    ...
  • So Uncool, It’s Cool

    By Teresa Strasser

    May 12, 2005 | 8:00 pm

     

    I favor the type of acrylic French tip nails that are considered fashionable only by midlevel porn stars. I still wear Uggs. Pink is my favorite color. I've seen the movie "G.I Jane" twice, and not for camp value. I thought it was good.

    Today, I embrace my uncool preferences.

    I...

  • Predictions

    By Rob Eshman

    January 1, 2004 | 7:00 pm

    There was a moment there, from, say 1972-2001, when world events seemed if not consistently predictable, then at least not so consistently unsettling. The common wisdom is that Sept. 11, 2001, changed all that, replacing the Age of Torpor with the Era of Oh -- @'%&! -- Now What?!

    ...
  • Different Kind of Visit

    By Lilly Gohar Bolour

    April 30, 2003 | 8:00 pm

    I am in Israel for a few days to visit the victims of terrorist acts. I'm on my own, not with a group. It's the first time I've been in Israel with a purpose other than visiting family and enjoying myself. I'm not frightened but there is something unsettling to visit Israel this way....

  • Shabbat Nachamu

    By Abby Gilad

    July 18, 2002 | 8:00 pm

    The Shabbat after Tisha B'Av is called Shabbat Nachamu, after the haftara that is read: "Nachamu, nachamu ami" (Be comforted, be comforted my people). Why is the word nachamu repeated? To offer consolation for both Temples, which were destroyed.

    The word nachamu means comfort. God...

  • A Sabbath of Comfort

    By Rabbi Steven Z. Leder

    May 20, 1999 | 8:00 pm

    Thursday was Tisha B'av -- the ninth of the Hebrew month of Av -- the day on which we fast, pray and commemorate the tragedy of our people's past. According to tradition, many of the worst catastrophes to befall the Jewish people took place on Tisha B'av: The destruction of the first...
  • Too Close for Comfort

    By James D

    February 18, 1999 | 7:00 pm

    Federal Bureau of Investigation Director Louis Freeh recently had some ominous words for Congress, but legislators and many Jewish leaders weren't in a listening mood.

    At a hearing on counterterrorism, Freeh described the rise of independent, well-financed foreign terrorists such as...

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