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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You Turn my Mourning Into Danc...

Oct 2, 2014 by

Yizkor on Yom Kippur is … not about human frailty or the futility of human endeavors. Yizkor on Yom Kippur is about the power...

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Mussar for Rabbis – Bitachon (...

Sep 17, 2014 by

“Rabbi, I wouldn’t want your job,” congregants have often said to me, most often in connection with the rabbi’s...

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How to Live Without Regret

Jul 2, 2014 by

A Russian short story portrays an aristocrat who has only a few days to live. When he replays the tape of his life in his mind he...

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