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Death is All Religions

Death is all religions, it is every faith and it shakes us

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Life Cycle Ceremonies

Info on Jewish and interfaith life cycle ceremonies: bris, bar mitzvah, bat mitzvah, weddings, funerals, etc.

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My Son’s Interfaith Engagement

Personal Narrataive about how shocked and disappointed a woman is when her son tells her he is engaged to a non-Jewish woman. Gradually, though, she becomes more accepting.

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The First Time I Sat Shiva–With My Baby

Sam and I have been together for almost five years, but Jewish memorial services and sitting shiva are still a new ritual for me.  Attending memorial services and shiva are a completely different experience with Jack. The first time I went to sit shiva with Sam, was about a year and a half ago. I […]

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Liz and baby Helen

Mourning, Friendship and the Future

There is a way to mourn in Judaism and then there is what really happens over the years

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Jewish Mourning: A Lesson for My Newborn

When I was 8 years old I had a good friend who lived around the corner from me. His name was Nachshon. We took the same school bus to school and at the Orthodox Yeshiva we attended we were in the same class. I went to his house often after school to play video games […]

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One Thing We Can’t Control

My Grandma Harriet died a few weeks ago, at the age of 95. She was beautiful, creative and could expertly apply her lipstick without a mirror. She was my favorite hug. She cooked up the yummiest tuna noodle casseroles and the tastiest matzah ball soup. She lived a long life full of family simchas (celebrations), […]

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This is Strength

My grandmother was a force to be reckoned with. Smart as a whip and made up her own mind about everything. Incredibly independent considering she was married at 19 and never spent a night away from my grandfather in their 72 years together. She had a master’s degree. Traveled the world. Cared deeply about Judaism. […]

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Adaptation and Flexibility for Death and Mourning Customs

My Aunt just died. She had been sick, lived to be 88, and had a wonderful marriage of 62 years. One of the sweetest people I ever knew. Her dear husband is 96 and devastated. He is in excellent health and still drives. He keeps remarking, “who lives to be 96?” He bought a car […]

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The End of Genesis

We have gotten to the end of the book of Genesis, the book of Bereishit (Beginnings) — the beginnings of the world and of our people. This last parasha in Genesis is called Va-Yehi (And He Lived), commenting on the life of Ya’akov (Jacob) that we have been following for weeks. But just as the […]

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