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  • 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...

  • Criticizing the Non-Jewish-Soldiers Burial Compromise

    By Shmuel Rosner

    July 11, 2013 | 6:36 am

    I was listening to a radio show this morning when one of Israel's legendary warriors (and a controversial police officer), Alik Ron, was asked by the anchor, Ilana Dayan, to read something she called a "poem" but which is really a short limerick. Ron does that from time to time –...

  • The Cost of a Tombstone: Another Approach

    By Rabbi Dr. Shmuly Yanklowitz

    April 3, 2013 | 4:10 pm

    In preparing to officiate at a funeral yesterday, I met with a family to make the arrangements and prepare the eulogy. I informed the mourning children that they might consider wearing an old garment at the funeral so that we could rip it before the ceremony (“tear keriah”) as is...

  • 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...

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