We may not know what happens on the ‘other side’ of death. Jewish teachings, however, do help us on ‘this side.’ We can prepare for death by letting go of attachments and grievances, and respond to death by learning to support the bereaved.
When my mother, of blessed memory, was in her mid-fifties, she attended a self-help psychology workshop. Afterwards, she said, “This isn’t for me, it’s for people with problems. I don’t have any problems. I mean, I have some problems that are so big they are the foundation of my entire life, but I don’t have any problems.” Of course, I knew what she meant: twenty years earlier our brother had […]
So many dead in racial violence in one short, chaotic American week. Dear Lord. Dear Lord. Whose heart isn’t breaking? Some people know exactly how to respond – but I don’t. As a religious and spiritual person, I’m moved to pray. But is prayer an effective response to crisis? Of course it depends what kind of prayer we have in mind. Praying a traditional synagogue liturgy of peace with special […]