There’s no jump scares or monsters, but believe me — “Shiva Baby” is scary.
“The pandemic has created a unique mourning experience, one that has surprised me with a comfort I might not have known.”
What has become routine for those of us who officiate funerals is still painfully raw for families going through them.
Jewish communities have come a long way in understanding suicide. But more can be done to normalize the conversation.
There is no Jewish roadmap for how to properly mourn pets, nor any universal law or tradition for how to close the circle of a pet’s life.
Forty-one years ago, Samuel G. Freedman was sitting shiva for his mother when a surprising visitor came to call.
The Jewish period of mourning, shiva , is typically one week long — unless it overlaps with a Jewish holiday. What were the rabbis thinking?
“Waiting around for a funeral feels very weird.”
“If you have the right type of Jewish burial, you’re ready for what happens to us in the afterlife.”
One of the last things on my mind was how I would say Kaddish for my father, but the more I learned about it, the more meaningful it felt.