The Jewish period of mourning, shiva, is typically one week long — unless it overlaps with a Jewish holiday. What were the rabbis thinking?
Yizkor is more than yarzheit candles and kaddish — it’s an exercise in active memory.
When I prayed for a year for my mother — three times a day, in synagogue — I learned how to change my life.
Suffice it to say, Garrison Keillor fans are feeling a bit ‘woebegone’
The best way to remember our teacher is to study Jewish texts, as he loved to do.
As Jews, we do not need to create new ways of grieving; we need to look no further than our own traditions in order to learn how to grieve.
Facebook COO Sheryl Sandberg talks with The Forward two years after her husband’s passing about grieving and the role her Jewish faith has had.
Facebook COO Sheryl Sandberg has published her latest book, “Option B: Facing Adversity, Building Resilience, and Finding Joy.” Structured as part memoir and part how-to, Sandberg describes her and her family’s efforts to overcome her husband Dave Goldberg’s unexpected death last year and how people can cope with loss and help bereaved friends. In a recent op-ed with The New York Times, Sandberg wrote, “Talking openly about memories — not just positive ones, but difficult ones, too — can help kids make sense of their past and rise to future challenges. It’s especially powerful to share stories about how the family sticks together through good times and bad, which allows kids to feel that they are connected to something larger than themselves.”
It’s easy to mock the faithful — until something really bad happens. In his new book, Jay Michaelson explores the role of grief in the search for Jewish spiritual meaning.
Becky Benson and Emily Rapp both lost a child to Tay Sachs disease. Other than that, they had little in common – until they became each other’s ‘grief mentor.’