By Tara Worthey Segal I formally converted to Judaism one month after I lost my father and two weeks before getting married. I hadn’t been raised with much religion. I was baptized Lutheran, but always joked that my parents did that more out of superstition than dogma. They didn’t do much to disabuse me of […]
Last week was my mother’s yahrzeit, the observance of the anniversary of her death. For someone who wasn’t raised in a Jewish household, or in a Jewish-but-luckily-not-bereaved household, yahrzeit is one of those traditions that you don’t really know about until you have to. There are public parts of observing yahrzeit, but the most powerful […]
Each year on the anniversary of her father’s death, she feels the strength of the Jewish community supporting her through her grief
Personal narrative of a non-Jewish woman married to a Jewish man who lost her twin boys in the womb.
Personal narrative about a boy’s loss of his father, his attitude toward Yahrzeit candles and his non-Jewish wife’s attitudes, which have changed over time.
Her father, who had converted away from Judaism, mocked her for wanting to be a Jew. After her conversion, he died. How should she mourn?
Jewish mourning customs can help people weather grief, whether the person who died is Jewish or not.
Do Jews light candles to commemorate the dead?