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  • A Lamentation on the Destruction of the Temple

    July 12, 2013 | 11:38 am

    1.  The absence of Presence
    The Romans are approaching. We wallow in callous pettiness. The city will fall soon.
    Desolation.

    2. The presence of Absence
    They are despoiling the sanctuary. We wail in piteous grief. Sun and moon are eclipsed. Horror.

    3. The presence of Presence
    It’s all over now. The dew washes clean our punished world. A lilac is blooming.
    Consolation.

    Copyright © 2013, Jonathan Omer-Man. For more, visit omer-man.net.

  • 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...
  • Jews Flop in Big Oscar Award Wins

    By Tom Tugend

    March 4, 2004 | 7:00 pm

    The 76th Academy Awards brought much cheer to New Zealand, home of the 11 Oscar-winning "The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King," but little to ethnocentric Jews.

    There was a dollop of consolation in the best actor win for Sean Penn, son of the late Jewish television director...