At this unprecedented moment, even the comforters need special comfort, and even the most stringent of Jewish rules need to bend, if not break.
The Forward takes a look at a tradition thousands of years old following Saturday’s synagogue shooting.
Yizkor is more than yarzheit candles and kaddish — it’s an exercise in active memory.
We are just as intrigued as you are.
The Jewish period of mourning, shiva, is typically one week long — unless it overlaps with a Jewish holiday. What were the rabbis thinking?
This very mixture and the challenges it presents are the backbone of this miracle of a state, the fire behind its vibrant engines. And that is precisely what the headlines are sorely overlooking.
Traveling on a three-week East Coast road trip, Rob Kutner endeavors to find a minyan in seven different cities to pay tribute to his father.
Through the Minyan of Comfort program, men and women are learning how to lead the Jewish service of mourning and help better serve the bereaved.
Forty-one years ago, Samuel G. Freedman was sitting shiva for his mother when a surprising visitor came to call. But it was only much later that he learned what that shiva call meant and why it mattered.
When Tal Trachtman Alroy experienced a death in the family, she came to understand firsthand that for Jews, empathy is often expressed through food.