A shortage of everything from granite to chiselers means a long wait to mark a grave.
The anecdote, told at a talent show at the Yiddish Vokh in Copake, NY, reflects the irony characteristic of East European Jewish humor.
I chose to live this life. And wasn’t I taught that pikuach nefesh, saving a life, supercedes every commandment?
It broke my heart being apart from my sister, and we missed out on all those baked goods, but everything else … was pretty awesome.
Until this month, I have never recited vidui — the death-bed prayer — to a person over the phone, and I hope never to do so ever again.
“It will be harder for you to be in prison than it was for me to be in a concentration camp.”
“The upward trend of coronavirus deaths is already placing a burden on our annual budget,” said the head of the Hebrew Free Burial Society.
“I’m just trying to apply the principle of returning dust to dust,” he said.
Funeral services will be at Congregation Beth Chaim in Princeton, New Jersey, where the victim, Samantha Josephson, grew up.
How to act, what to say, what to wear.