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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Mourner’s Kaddish as a Source of Comfort

Each year on the anniversary of her father’s death, she feels the strength of the Jewish community supporting her through her grief

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Conducting an Interfaith Funeral

A helpful article on designing and leading a respectful funeral for your interfaith family.

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The Role of Faith in the Mourning Process for Those Raised in Interfaith Homes

While grieving and mourning, unexpected places can offer peace, solace and sanctuary for people who were raised in interfaith homes.

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Jewish Mourning Customs: An Introduction

An explanation of who the official mourners are in the Jewish tradition.

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The Mourning After

Personal narrative from a Protestant woman comparing the mourning rituals of her family and her Jewish husband?s family.

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Death in the Interfaith Family

News article about the complex issues surrounding mourning and grief in interfaith families.

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How to Pay A Shiva Call

The Jewish mourning ritual of Shiva can seem foreign and complicated. Here’s what to know before you go

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