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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August 24, 2014 | 1:07 pm
My grandmother is dying. We take turns waiting at her bedside in the ICU. I ferry relatives back and forth for their shifts to the house and back to the hospital. It struck me that not only was there a limbo on the national front—two major groups are holding sit-in protests to...
September 23, 2011 | 9:42 pm
December 14, 2010 | 2:11 pm
Everywhere you go during this time of year, you are bound to get a “Merry Christmas!”, and that’s perfectly fine with me. If its a stranger, in return I just do my usual: “Yea, Yea Happy Hanukkah to you too!” After which, they give me that sad face, as if to say: “Oh, I’m sorry!” ...
June 8, 2010 | 11:28 am
“What should you do if your parent is drawing close to dying but doesn’t want to talk about it?” I asked.
I was sitting in Boulder, Colo., with Rabbi Zalman Schachter-Shalomi, 85. Reb Zalman, as he’s called, founded the Jewish Renewal movement and wrote “From Age-ing to Sage-ing,” a classic book on how to age consciously and well.
Read the full article at NYTimes.com.
August 24, 2009 | 12:29 pm
Madoff, who is serving 150 years at a North Carolina federal prison after pleading guilty to swindling more than $65 billion, has been telling fellow inmate he doesn’t have much longer to live.
“He’s been taking about 20 pills a day for his cancer,” one inmate told the newspaper. “He talks about it all the time. He’s not doing very well.”
Read the full story here.
August 7, 2008 | 2:32 am
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February 14, 2008 | 5:00 pmOn Monday I buried one of my patients.
That is not so unusual given the nature of my work in healing and hospice. When I think about Fred, I am reminded that I work according to the principle of meeting people b'asher hu sham (where they are) as opposed to leading them somewhere, as...
December 20, 2007 | 7:00 pmIn this week's Torah portion, Vayechi, we have the most intimate description of a deathbed scene and the most elaborate description of a le'vayah (funeral) contained in the Torah.
As I read through this portion in preparation for writing this column, I found myself struggling for a...
May 4, 2006 | 8:00 pm
Art Buchwald is living and dying in a Washington, D.C., hospice. If you don't know his story, you could be forgiven for thinking this is a very sad time for the 80-year-old Jewish columnist.
Just the opposite, Buchwald says. "I am," he announces, "having the time of my life."
April 7, 2005 | 8:00 pm
I am 33,000 feet above ground en-route to LaGuardia, accompanying my father to his brother's funeral. I am expecting the coming days to be very difficult for my father, but not in the way you would expect. You see, my father and his recently deceased brother had not spoken in 20...
January 8, 2004 | 7:00 pm
Excerpt from "More Money Than God: Living a Rich Life Without Losing Your Soul," by Steven Z. Leder
A few years ago, I was called to see an extremely famous and wealthy movie director. He was a friend of a friend, and he was in the hospital. We were strangers, this dying old man...
November 6, 2003 | 7:00 pm
The Florida case of a woman on life support for 13 years has put issues of how we die and when and how doctors and others should intervene on the front page. Whatever the courts say about that case, however, will only apply to federal and Florida law.
What would Jewish law say about...