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  • Why the Wait?

    August 29, 2012 | 5:44 pm

    As bombs dropped over Germany, aerial photographer Arthur Oxenberg would lean out of a B-17 Flying Fortress with his camera to snap a photograph. His photos were a way the U.S. Army Air Forces could tell whether bombs hit their targets.

    Based in Italy, Oxenberg flew 62 combat...

  • A Celebration of Dad

    By Ellie Kahn

    August 29, 2012 | 5:29 pm

    I called my 94-year-old father in Ohio on July 9. I told him how much I loved him, that he was the most wonderful father ever, that I would miss him, and that it was OK for him to let go.

    All I could hear was his heavy breathing as the hospice nurse held the phone to his ear.

    ...
  • 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...

  • Life and Death

    By David Suissa

    June 20, 2012 | 1:00 pm

    For a man who runs a mortuary and memorial park that arranges about 1,500 funerals a year, Len Lawrence spends a lot of his time thinking about the living. In particular, he thinks about those who have suddenly lost a loved one and are caught completely unprepared for the many...

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  • The Holy Society -by Rabbi Hyim Shafner

    By Rabbi Hyim Shafner

    March 9, 2012 | 12:48 pm

    “Hyim we will need your help tonight with a tahara,” said my father.

    “But I have never done one,” I replied.

    “There are only two of us available, and I hear the man was heavy, bloated, so we will need you.”

    A tahara (literally “purification”) is the Jewish process of...

  • A Secular Life Gone Bad

    By Judy Bart Kancigor

    June 27, 2002 | 8:00 pm

    It's the ultimate fantasy: You have a seat at your own funeral. Now imagine that while hovering in limbo between your death and burial, you have the power not only to witness the preparations and critique the eulogies, but also to eavesdrop on critical moments in your past for a...

  • There’s No Time Like the Present

    By Ellie Kahn

    December 27, 2001 | 7:00 pm

    In my family, death and funerals seem to inspire joking. Maybe it's discomfort, but it also seems to be a lack of concern and heaviness about the whole thing. No one in my family does much visiting of graves, and burials are apparently not deemed necessary.

    My mother wants her body...