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  • A Shortened Shiva:  Shortchanging Jewish Law?

    November 12, 2014 | 7:47 am

    Religion is full of “shoulds” and “musts.” But feelings follow laws of their own, exacting their own in-house penalties when they are broken. Judaism has many laws for grievers, including the length of the formal mourning period known as shiva. The usual proscribed length is seven...

  • Unexpected Grief

    By Susan Esther Barnes

    January 22, 2014 | 12:30 am

    Late last week my husband’s parents called to let us know that my husband’s cousin had died unexpectedly. I had never met this cousin, so, although I expected to comfort my husband for his loss, I didn’t expect to be doing any mourning myself. I was mistaken.

    Perhaps it was the...

  • A heart to heart letter from an Israeli to Americans

    By Noga Gur-Arieh

    April 19, 2013 | 12:02 pm

    Dear Americans,

    What you've dealt with this week is not new to me, I'm afraid. In fact, it is something I almost got used to. Why almost? Because no matter how many times you hear about an "event" on the news, no matter how many times you call all your friends and family to make...

  • In their memory…

    By Noga Gur-Arieh

    April 15, 2013 | 12:20 pm

    Something quite extraordinary happened last night:  25,578 stars shined bright. All together, all of a sudden. It was in the middle of my town square, as thousands of citizens shared an hour of remembrance and respect for 25,578 Fallen Israeli Soldiers and Victims of Terrorism. We...

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  • Surviving the darkest hours of grief: Eitan Fishbane talks about raising daughter without his wife

    October 25, 2011 | 5:15 pm

    When it comes to writing about grief, perspective is often a liability.

    Grieving is so smothering an experience that it’s almost impossible to conjure up from a distance. And yet so few people have the inclination or the presence of mind to document its intensity in real time....

  • My Dead Mother Communicates with me from Beyond… Using Fortune Cookies…

    By Sarah Tuttle-Singer

    December 29, 2010 | 4:18 am

    No, really.

    And the weird thing is, she hated Chinese food.

    (“Um, no, whackjob.  The weird thing is that you think your dead mom communicates with you using fortune cookies.”)
     
    But seriously.  It’s very Sylvia Browne.  Only Chinese:


    Before she died, my mom promised me that...

  • Metrolink crash victim’s phone kept calling family

    By Brad A. Greenberg

    September 17, 2008 | 5:27 pm

    My new local paper is the Daily Breeze, and today reporter Larry Altman wrote this eerie, and tragic, story about Friday’s Metrolink train crash that left 26 dead.

    As Chuck Peck’s family waited, holding out hope he was alive in the wreckage of the Metrolink train in Chatsworth,...

  • Student on track to become first black female rabbi

    By Sue Fishkoff

    May 15, 2008 | 6:00 pm

    Alysa Stanton-Ogulnick isn't particularly interested in being a standard-bearer.

    She's proud to be black, proud to be a woman and proud to be a 45-year-old single mother who raised her adopted child on her own.

    And when she says that next year, following her ordination as a Reform...

  • Obituaries

    April 17, 2008 | 6:00 pm

    Maury Abrams died March 12 at 80. He is survived by his wife, Francine; sons, Judd (Nicole Sassman) and Gregg; daughter, Glennis (Jim) Malcolm; and four grandchildren. Mount Sinai

    Nancy Alspektor died March 2 at the age of 85. She is survived by her sons, Allan, Stan, and Arthur;...

  • Films: Director examines healing from surgery, grief

    By Robert David Jaffee

    March 7, 2008 | 5:00 pm

    Seated at his office in Beverly Hills, Ben Mittleman, 57, doesn't have a trace of gray in his sandy-brown hair. He says his mother used to kid him that he must have had a "facelift or something," but despite the fact that this veteran TV actor turned director-producer looks 10 years...
  • Obituaries

    January 31, 2008 | 7:00 pm

    Leah Benjamin died Dec. 30 at 96. She is survived by her nephews, Sid (Linda) Silverman and Neal (Marlene) Brostoff; niece Sandra (Harold) Vellins; and great-niece, Aliza Silverman. Mount Sinai

    Annette Gershuni Bergman died Jan. 2 at 76. She is survived by her sons, Gregory and Alex...

  • Obituaries

    January 10, 2008 | 7:00 pm

    Maxine Andron died Dec. 19 at 83. She is survived by her daughters, Debbie (Todd) Kopit and Judy (Dave) Snavely; six grandchildren; five great-grandchildren; and sister, Helen (Leo) Seidner. Mount Sinai

    Rosalie Aronoff died Dec. 18 at 81. She is survived by her husband, Gilbert;...

  • Obituaries

    January 3, 2008 | 7:00 pm

    Shirley Bass died Dec. 1 at 83. She is survived by her daughters, Wendy Davaris and Barbara; son, John; foster son, Drew Byrnes; three grandchildren; five great-grandchildren; and brother, Arnold (Greta) Wermes. Mount Sinai

    Samuel Beber died Dec. 1 at 85. He is survived by his wife,...

  • Obituaries

    December 27, 2007 | 7:00 pm

    Abraham Balaban died Nov. 23 at 85. He is survived by his sons, Gary, and Jeffrey. Hillside

    Dr. Leonard Breslaw died Nov. 1 at 83. He is survived by his wife, Elayne; daughters, Donna (Brian) Jones, Amy Louise Goldberg, Robin (Scott) Weisbond, Iris (Gary) Spiegel; nine grandchildren....

  • H.O.P.E. for the bereaved, even years later

    By Jane Ulman

    December 26, 2007 | 7:00 pm

    Four years after Shirley T.'s husband died, the anniversary of his death was more painful than she could have anticipated. She spent the day before cooking the foods he loved and somehow navigated emotionally through the anniversary itself. The following Thursday evening, she was...
  • 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...

  • Obituaries

    December 13, 2007 | 7:00 pm

    Dorothy Shaffer Schatz, Established Shelters to Help Survivors of Domestic Violence

    Dorothy Shaffer Schatz, noted Jewish community leader, died Nov. 15 in Los Angeles. Born and raised in Chicago, she moved to Los Angeles in 1947, where she met her husband, Mickey.

    She worked as an...

  • Obituaries

    December 6, 2007 | 7:00 pm

    Francis Sarko Adler died Oct. 17 at 83. She is survived by her son, Alan; daughters, Gayle Faso and Andrea; and four grandchildren. Groman

    Gilana Alpert died Nov. 3 at 26. She is survived by her parents, Rabbi Alan and Anna; sister, Aleza; and brother, David. Mount Sinai

    Mildred...

  • Mom’s last day

    By Rabbi Mike Comins

    November 1, 2007 | 8:00 pm

    A test of emunah (trust, faith), according to prominent voices in our tradition (Mishna Berachot 9:2), is the ability to bless the bad, as well as the good. Upon hearing of the death of a loved one, can one say, baruch dayan emet (blessed be the truthful judge.) And might one add,...
  • ‘Blood and guts - and tender remembrances of home’

    By Brad A. Greenberg

    October 8, 2007 | 8:53 pm


    The soldier’s messages back to his wife, Diana, father, stepmother and five siblings alternated between gruesome details of the horror of battle - a dog dragging away a corpse’s head, a body identified only by its shoes because nothing else remained, trucks awash with blood and...

  • Paradise lost for LA Times religion reporter

    By Brad A. Greenberg

    July 25, 2007 | 5:43 pm


    William Lobdell’s story about losing his faith while covering the Catholic sex scandal for the Los Angeles Times has gotten a lot of play.

    The 3,272-word piece, which ran Saturday in the Times’ coveted Column One slot, recounted Lobdell’s born-again moment, his praying and pleading...

  • Mourning Miriam

    By Rabbi Yosef Kanefsky

    June 21, 2007 | 8:00 pm

    Moshe was one of a kind. "None ever rose again like Moshe."

    At the same time, in very powerful ways, Moshe and Miriam were two of a kind. Their personalities and passions overlapped generously. And despite being separated over decades during Moshe's extended sojourn in Midian,...

  • Rebuilding spiritually in Greensburg

    By Brad A. Greenberg

    May 14, 2007 | 8:59 pm


    When 95 percent of Greensburg, Kan., was leveled May 4 by an F5 tornado, the town’s 1,400 residents were left homeless. But yesterday, more than twice the tiny town’s population returned to Greensburg for spiritual replenishing.

    News reports referred to the mass worship service as...

  • Turn Memory Into Blessing

    By Rabbi Anne Brener

    April 5, 2007 | 8:00 pm

    Holidays bring up feelings and memories about people who have died. They also offer opportunities to address unresolved issues. The four Yizkor services and the themes of their days correspond to different tasks of mourning.

    Yizkor provides temporal focal points where the new people...

  • Obituaries

    March 22, 2007 | 8:00 pm

    Genelle Altman died Feb. 21 at 84. She is survived by her son, Jeff. Malinow and Silverman

    Ben Berk died Feb. 21 at 99. He is survived by his daughters, Harriet (Arthur) Kohn and Marlene Safer; five grandchildren; and seven great-grandchildren. Mount Sinai

    Eugene Merrill Brown died...

  • Sitting relationship shiva

    By Shep Koster

    February 15, 2007 | 7:00 pm

    The voice on the other end of the cell phone stopped me cold: "I'm engaged."

    I couldn't breathe. My worst nightmare was happening. My ex-girlfriend -- the one I still hadn't gotten over, the one I still imagined having kids with -- was getting married. How could I not have seen it...

  • The great (non) depression

    By Rabbi Anne Brener

    November 30, 2006 | 7:00 pm

    I overdid it yesterday. Perhaps I misjudged the line between exhaustion and sloth.

    Or perhaps my recuperation from the cancer treatment requires a slower return to fitness than yesterday's exertion.

    But this morning's desire to stay in bed needs to be honored, unlike yesterday's,...

  • Bittersweet symphonies: the Pearls struggle to find life after Daniel’s death

    By Tom Tugend

    September 28, 2006 | 8:00 pm

    Eight days after Yom Kippur, Judea and Ruth Pearl will commemorate what would have been the 43rd birthday of their son, Daniel. As on every Oct. 10 for the last five years, it will be a day of intensely personal reflection and remembrance by the couple and their daughters, Tamara and...
  • Disengagement Dashes, Spurs Dreams

    By Amos Oz

    May 18, 2006 | 8:00 pm

    The evacuation of Gaza Strip settlements is not just a struggle over the question of the future of the territories. At the very core, the pullout was the first big battle on the question of religion and state.

    They [religious settlers opposed to the withdrawal] have their own dream....

  • Your Inner Joseph

    By Rabbi Mordecai Finley

    January 12, 2006 | 7:00 pm

    Each of us lives a spiritual journey. One of greatest tasks in life is to know our journey, to understand its contours and what it demands of us. The Torah teaches us these journeys, these paths into our center.

    As Genesis ends this week with Vayechi, Jacob pronounces blessings for...

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