I am grieving. I am grieving the small seeds of hope for change I have witnessed over my time living in Israel. I am grieving as I sit with my Palestinian housemates, both of us afraid to leave the house for fear of rockets and rioting blazing through our community.
Jewish communities have come a long way in understanding suicide. But more can be done to normalize the conversation.
“Hester Street,” released in 1975, was based on a story by the Forward’s founder, Abraham Cahan.
The Jewish period of mourning, shiva, is typically one week long — unless it overlaps with a Jewish holiday. What were the rabbis thinking?
The recently deceased rabbi is best known for his Talmud - but his Jewish Center in Moscow was essential to post-Soviet Jewish life.
We do not take in an event and walk away to ponder it. Instead, everything we consume is inseparable from its immediate interpretation.
It was the last time in now two months I’ve bought food from a store. (My dad was in the hospital for two weeks. I could not visit.)
Zoom shiva is all of the shiva and none of the fuss. It’s not “virtual” shiva. It is shiva. I could have used a hug, but still.
The clash of traditions between his previous two religions was tense. Should we cremate him or bury him in a pine box in a Jewish funeral?