Those who must sit shiva, may god protect them, may and must ease off in observing the laws of mourning
‘The Rebbe taught that we are all inherently good,’ Campbell wrote.
Hollywood loves a good Jewish death scene.
How to act, what to say, what to wear.
My years guarding Jewish bodies and preparing them for burial, attending funerals and making shiva calls have taught me a lot about Jewish life.
I sense a frustration here, among progressives seeking emotional responses from the Orthodox — and I want to address it.
We should know that the righteous do not require a monument to be remembered — but they should have one nevertheless.
Yizkor is more than yarzheit candles and kaddish — it’s an exercise in active memory.
Nova Scotia lox and egg scramble. A toasted poppyseed bagel. A pot of black coffee and a glass of orange juice.
When I prayed for a year for my mother — three times a day, in synagogue — I learned how to change my life.