Zooming through Grief

May 11, 2020 by

Walking through the valley of deep darkness during a global pandemic was never a thought that rose to my mind from the moment my...

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What I Have Learned Officiatin...

May 6, 2020 by

Many rabbis are being called upon to perform funerals remotely or online during the coronavirus pandemic. Here, Rabbi Daniel Cohen...

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Holding a Digital Shivah Minya...

Apr 30, 2020 by

For as long as I can remember, I have begun every shivah minyan by saying something like this: “The measure of a...

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A First Funeral During the COV...

Mar 25, 2020 by

To my colleagues and community, I officiated at the funeral of a wonderful man who, while fighting cancer, was felled by COVID-19....

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God and the Tragedy Test

Jan 21, 2020 by

So who, exactly, is the God we believe in? This is not only a question for rabbis, it is a question for every Jew. And it may well be...

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I Never Knew

Aug 12, 2019 by

I never knew. I never knew what this felt like. I really never knew. 27 years as a rabbi, caring for others and yet,I...

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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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