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.
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How do you feel the day after the Day of Atonement? I want to feel purified and healed, but I don’t. Instead, I feel that a process has just begun. One line of the liturgy plays inside me, over and over again. God, in Your Presence, I feel totally embarrassed and confused. Just before Yom Kippur I dreamed: On Main Street, the city has allowed little open-air shops to do business […]
When faced with a particularly weighty problem, the Baal Shem Tov would go to a particular place in the woods, light a sacred fire and pray. In this way, he found insight into his dilemma. His successor, Rabbi Dov Ber, the Preacher of Mezrich, followed his example and went to the same place in the woods and said, “The fire we can no longer light, but we can still say […]