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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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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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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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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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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