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  • Dying unsudden

    By Mahim Maher

    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...

  • Right Now, Kids are Dying, Because They Are Gay

    By Ilana Angel

    September 23, 2011 | 9:42 pm

    Right now, while I write this, a child is in his or her room, crying because someone at school called them a faggot, or would not sit next to them on the bus, or they did not make a sports team, because they are gay.

    Right now, while I write this, a soldier is serving in Iraq,...

  • What is it with people wishing me a Merry Christmas???

    By Julia Bendis

    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!” ...

  • Talking About Dying

    June 8, 2010 | 11:28 am

    From NYTimes.com:

    “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.

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  • Bernie Madoff Reportedly Dying of Cancer

    August 24, 2009 | 12:29 pm

    From NYPost.com:

    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.

  • Obituaries

    August 7, 2008 | 2:32 am

    June Walker, Presidents Conference Chair and Hadassah Leader, Dies at 74

    June Walker was in working mode two weeks ago.

    On July 21, she presided over a farewell reception for outgoing Israeli U.N. Ambassador Dan Gillerman. Two days later she led a meeting of the Conference of...

  • The high cost of dying

    By Jane Ulman

    August 7, 2008 | 2:06 am

    A traditional Jewish funeral is simple and not ostentatious -- good news for people concerned about the high cost of dying. But while Jewish law doesn't require embalming, elaborate floral displays or 16-gauge metal caskets with tufted crepe interiors, it does require Jews to be...
  • The Dance of Life

    By Rabbi Carla Howard

    February 14, 2008 | 5:00 pm

    On 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...

  • Final lesson

    By Rabbi Mordecai Finley

    December 20, 2007 | 7:00 pm

    In 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...

  • Laugh at Death the Buchwald Way

    By Dov Burt Levy

    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."

    His...

  • In Death, Still Not Parting

    By Soriya Daniels

    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...

  • The Answer Is Love

    By Julie G Fax

    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...

  • Opinions Conflict on Ending Life Support

    By Rabbi Elliot N. Dorff

    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...

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