Mourning My (Unknown) Child

Apr 8, 2019 by

It was one of the happiest moments of my life. Holding my wife’s hand in the ultrasound room, we heard that rapid thump thump thump...

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A Moment of Awe, Beauty, Coura...

Mar 25, 2019 by

There is awe, beauty, and courage in so many things, and I encountered them at the moment of death of someone who had chosen to end...

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Where Grief Resides: New Arena...

Jan 24, 2019 by

When our Temple stood in Jerusalem and was destroyed, the community entered a period of collective grief. In response, the Rabbis...

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Love and Washing: Preparing fo...

Aug 24, 2018 by

The time of death was 6:55 pm, last night.  The patient was 2 weeks old.  Her name means “journey,” her mother explained. As the...

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For Florida, and the Floridas ...

Feb 28, 2018 by

We say it over and over again.  “Enough,” we say.  Enough.  But it was enough the first time.  It was more than enough.  Columbine...

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What is Your Concept of Soul a...

Sep 29, 2016 by

As we ask big questions during the High Holy Days, Lights in the Forest: Rabbis Respond to Twelve Essential Jewish Questions,...

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Do it Yourself Goodbyes

Jul 6, 2016 by

“Daddy can fix anything,” my children brag, whenever I fail to manipulate a stubborn valve on my twelve-year-old’s clarinet or...

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If I Should Meet God

Apr 26, 2016 by

A disciple came to his rabbi and lamented: “Rabbi, I have all these terrible thoughts. I am even afraid to say them. I feel...

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