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Jacob went to bed on a mountain and placed his head on twelve stones. In the morning, when he awoke, the twelve stones had fused into one. Our sages taught that during the night the angels in charge of these stones began to argue because each wanted to serve as …

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Chayei Sarah: Why We Bury

November 4, 2017 – 10:34 pm | One Comment | 57 views
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After the binding of Isaac, Abraham discovered that his wife Sarah had passed, and he hurried from Jerusalem to Hebron to eulogise, mourn and bury her.  This is the first description of a burial in the Torah, which gives us an opportunity to discuss the question of why we bury.
Many …

Acharei Mot: Post Shivah

April 6, 2014 – 4:03 am | 6,290 views
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The Shelf Life
I have seen it as often as you have. Someone loses a loved one, family, friends and acquaintances close ranks around them, attend Shivah, coordinate details, bring food and provide comfort. Then Shivah ends, everyone bids the bereaved farewell and return to daily life.
It is now post Shivah, …

Devarim: Your Dying Words

July 7, 2013 – 3:41 am | 938 views
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What Would You Say
If you were told you had five months left, who would you spend it with and what would you tell them?

Pinchas: Moses is You

June 25, 2013 – 1:49 pm | 3,288 views
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 The Past
There is a large cemetery in the annals of academia in which the past lies buried. This cemetery takes the form of history books monuments and museums. We visit our past, research and teach it, but we don’t live it. The past is simply, in the past. Judaism is …

Chukat: Withdrawal or Engagement

June 9, 2013 – 3:29 pm | 1,740 views
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The Debate
Our culture is one of robust debate. Hardly a topic is left undisputed by our sages. One of the central debates across Jewish history was that of withdrawal or engagement. Should the Jew be engaged in the material world, actively seeking to better society and environment or should we …

Vayechi: Leave No Word Unspoken

December 27, 2009 – 3:21 am | 794 views
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Eternal Regret
A common regret expressed by bereaved family members are the words that were left unspoken. I remember one man, whose father passed away at a younger age than most, who regretted not having expressed his love for his father more frequently. I recall another whose loved one passed away …

Naso: Mourners Kaddish

June 4, 2009 – 2:31 am | 1,109 views
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Empty Shoes
One of the most poignant monuments in the Unites States Holocaust Memorial Museum is the mountainous display of empty shoes. Thousands and thousands of ownerless shoes; old people’s shoes, young people’s shoes, sturdy shoes, torn shoes, large shoes, little shoes and even infant shoes. All are empty; their bearers …

Life Cycle: Death and Mourning

November 4, 2005 – 2:32 am | 719 views

Life In Preperation
The Torah
maintains that life in this world is only a corridor that leads to a
better and higher world. The Mishna offers the following advice;
“Prepare yourself in this corridor so that you will be worthy of living
in the world to come”. (Ethics of our Fathers)

According to
Jewish thought, life in …