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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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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