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  • Promoting Options for the Dying

    3 days ago

    [Editor’s Note: This is the second of two or more entries looking at topics in the realms of ‘Planned Dying’, Suicide, ‘Assisted Suicide’, Euthanasia, and a ‘right to die’. These entries look at the subject from different perspectives. The thoughts expressed are those of the...

  • THOUGHTS ON PLANNED DYING

    1 week ago

    [Editor’s Note: This is the first of two (or more) entries looking at topics in the realms of ‘Planned Dying’, Suicide, ‘Assisted Suicide’, Euthanasia, and a ‘right to die’. These two entries look at the subject from different perspectives. The thoughts expressed are those of the...

  • Stop! Don’t Shoot!

    By Mindy Leaf

    August 9, 2015 | 3:48 pm

    Another day, another senseless shooting.

    We bring you this summer's blockbuster season of random shootings in our nation's movie theaters! See guns discharged by madmen in quiet suburbs of Tennessee and Louisiana! (The message may be a rerun, but it's no less frightening.)...

  • Unwelcome Guests

    August 5, 2015 | 4:00 am

    Perhaps the most unwanted guests in the world are Disease, Death, and Other Losses. According to some researchers, that is one of several metaphors that people use to cope with the inevitable. An unwelcome guest does not sound like a very palatable way to deal with disease, but...

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  • What A Graduation!

    July 1, 2015 | 4:00 am

    [Editor’s Note: 18 students of the Gamliel Institute, the leadership training arm of Kavod v’Nichum, having successfully completed all courses and requirements as part of the certification process by the Gamliel Institute, participated in, and recently returned from, the first ever...

  • What is a Ritual?

    June 10, 2015 | 2:34 pm

    What makes a Ritual (what is called a Cultural Pattern by the American Anthropologist Dr. Clifford Geertz) is the ability to tell a particular type of story - one that explains ourselves to ourselves, and gives power and resonance to a collective vision.

    It is thru ritual and...

  • The Miracle of the Oil for Ida

    June 3, 2015 | 3:55 am

    [Editor’s Note: Merle Gross has submitted two entries that appeared in Expired and Inspired previously. This story refers to one of those pieces, and the publication of that piece sets the stage for this one. JB]

    Please note that, despite its “Web” address, Kavod v’Nichum is...

  • Do Paths Diverge? Is there a Fork in the Road? or Do Paths Run Together Again?

    May 27, 2015 | 3:49 am

    Now in my early 50’s, I’ve lived longer than either of my parents did.  My dad died at 44 and my mom died at 48, just before my 20th birthday.

    Over the years, particularly on those challenging parenting days, I often thought about how my parents managed family, work, life.  I...

  • Reflections on life and death

    By David Suissa

    May 20, 2015 | 11:35 am

    Is there anything in life more dramatic than death? Can anything, in fact, be more dramatic than absolute finality? We experience many deaths in life — the death of a marriage, a friendship, a business, a dream — but it’s the loss of life itself that holds maximum drama. A life...

  • Sometimes we bend the Rules

    May 20, 2015 | 3:26 am

    A couple of months ago we got called to do a Taharah on a pre-term twin. One twin lived, and is a beautiful baby girl. The other one died, and we prepared her with love. My partner knew the family, and they asked her to do the Taharah for them.

    I made a little blanket, and the...

  • The Giver of Death

    May 14, 2015 | 2:00 pm

    [Editor’s Note: Some may find this entry controversial, or even distressing. I am not trying to decide this matter or indicate what to think or feel. Instead, I am presenting a thoughtful, well-written, and clear article about the matter penned by one who is involved on a regular...

  • At Death’s Door

    May 6, 2015 | 3:19 am

    For me, what’s on tap after death is unknowable. Not only that, what will happen right before is just about equally mysterious. How can we predict the way each of us is actually going to feel when the time comes? When we are children, we cannot understand what it is like to be a...

  • Jacob & the Angel

    April 29, 2015 | 3:18 am

    Being a hospice chaplain, I encounter every side of life’s last phase: the person with the final illness & death and the grieving survivors. Being a teacher of Torah, I find great comfort in understanding the challenges of life in what I call “Stepping into the Jewish Paradigm,” or...

  • Remembering Life by Jean Berman

    April 22, 2015 | 1:27 pm

    I have an affinity for the passage we use from the Shir HaShirim/Song of Songs while washing the body of the meit/deceased:

     

    How beautiful you are, my beloved friend:

    your eyes are doves from behind your

    tresses; your hair as a flock of goats that

    trail down from Mount...

  • 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 –

    ...

  • Terrible Taharah

    April 15, 2015 | 3:13 am

    [Editor's Note: This was written some time ago, looking back. It reflects on a past experience and the author's response to it then.  The phrase 'comedy of errors' seems to float into conciousness as it unfolds. This entry is intended for amusement, with an aspect of satire. Enjoy....

  • Who is So Into Death?

    April 8, 2015 | 3:11 am

    Sometimes the question comes up: Who is behind Kavod v’Nichum? Who is it that spends their time working on matters around death and death rituals? Here is one answer about such a person.

    David Zinner of Columbia, Maryland has truly created something out of nothing. For the past...

  • Jewish Leader Linda Jum’s Death at 61 Galvanizes Her Chevrah Kadisha

    April 1, 2015 | 3:31 am

    [Editor’s Note: This entry is a bit of an ‘insider’ posting. It is longer than most, and deals with someone who was deeply involved in the Chevrah Kadisha ‘movement’, the group that seeks to reclaim Jewish tradition and practices around the continuum at the end of life for any and...

  • A Hard Taharah

    March 25, 2015 | 3:49 am

    It has been exactly a year since our Chevrah Kadisha performed taharah for O, who was 10 months old.  When our team of 4 answered the call, I asked them to think of lullabies in Hebrew and/or English and niggunim (wordless melodies) which we would use during the taharah in place of...

  • Yehuda Avner, Ambassador and Advisor, Dies at 86

    By JewishJournal.com

    March 23, 2015 | 11:32 pm

    Yehuda Avner, a senior advisor and speechwriter to five Israeli prime ministers and an articulate chronicler of the Jewish state’s history, died March 24, 2015 in Jerusalem.

    Avner served as advisor to Israeli Prime Ministers Menachem Begin, Yitzhak Rabin and Shimon Peres, as...

  • Contemplating Death vs Life as a Focus

    March 18, 2015 | 4:00 am

    If one walks into the Metropolitan Museum of Art in Manhattan (a five minute stroll from our home) and makes a right turn from the central Atrium, one comes face to face with the exhibit on the religions of Egypt which glorified death, with mortuary artifacts over 4000 years old....

  • 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...

  • The Chevrah Kadisha Conference

    March 4, 2015 | 3:40 am

    Once a year, we attend a gathering of individuals from a range of Jewish backgrounds, with varying perspectives and practices, who come together in a spirit of kindness and compassion, intellectually curious, eager to learn from one another, and open to supporting and being...

  • The Conference That Was Dead On

    By Rabbi Joe Blair

    February 25, 2015 | 3:31 am

    Yesterday, Tuesday February 24th, 2015, the 13th Annual Kavod v’Nichum Chevrah Kadisha conference concluded in Austin, Tx. A group of about 75 people from all over North America came together and studied, learned, shared, talked, socialized, cried, and kvelled with and for each...

  • Dreaming of Taharah

    February 11, 2015 | 3:20 am

    I am involved in a wanna-be group. We’ve desired to form a Chevrah Kadisha and begin providing taharah rituals in our area for several years. We have come up against many obstacles, interestingly, mostly from within (ability to organize, commit time, etc.). 

    I had this experience...

  • Kavod v’Nichum: Nurses, the Dying, and the Newly Dead

    January 28, 2015 | 3:12 am

     “On my way home I stopped and picked up some things for her, like baby shampoo and stuff…because I wanted to give her a little something extra because it was her last day.”

    --Neonatal Intensive Care Nurse, discussing the imminent death of her tiny patient.

    For nurses, caring...

  • Vidui (Final Confession)

    January 21, 2015 | 3:00 am

    As I have sat with so many people as they were dying, I never felt comfortable listening to or reading, the traditional, standard Vidui, as it is.

    It is so dark, and so filled with gloom, that not one of the patients I have shared the vidui with - I believe- felt comforted, felt...

  • Where ARE you anyway?

    January 14, 2015 | 3:00 am

    The first question God asks a human is a tricky one.

    Adam and Eve, having just eaten of the forbidden fruit, hear the voice of God meandering through the Garden amidst the breezy rustlings of the day. God asks them, “Ayekha—Where are you?”  The answer was a simple one. “Hineni—...

  • 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...

  • Nachum

    December 24, 2014 | 3:00 am

    If you ask a non-Orthodox Jew "What is a Chevrah Kadisha?" you'll probably get a lot of approximately right answers.  If you ask, "What is a Taharah?" I suspect you'll be met with an abundance of blank stares. In our very intelligent community, we are clearly lacking some basic...

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