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Friday, December 4, 2020

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These I Remember…. by Isaac Pollak

I have done many taharot in the last 36 years, but there are a handful that stand out, and come back to me again...

In honor of Jewish refugees from Arab lands: Letter from a forgotten Jew

I am a forgotten Jew. My roots are nearly 2,600 years old, my ancestors made landmark contributions to world civilization, and my presence was felt from...

Homelessness: God of second chances

I remember watching a video with my kids when they were little called “Jonah: A Veggie Tales Adventure.” Jonah is portrayed as a reserved...

Much hope despite many challenges

How do you overcome a life of disability and immobility with a smile and an internal light? You hold a belief in the goodness...

Cremation Thoughts

When I was old enough to think about my own burial, I decided that I wanted to be cremated. How much room is there...

My First Shmirah

  I vaguely recall that it was sometime in 1986, but I can’t swear to it. Too many years have passed, too many other things...

A Letter to the Taharah Team

  Dear Rabbi; I am not sure how to send this to the community, but I wanted to somehow share this: A year ago when my...

Final Relaxation

I’ve spent the last two years recovering and rehabilitating from serious injuries after a much larger vehicle failed to stop and broadsided my vehicle...

Mourning Jewishly for a parent as a convert

Jewish tradition holds that converts are not obligated to mourn for their biological parents—even though the weight of honoring one’s parents is considered second...

A Very Brief Manual on Visiting the Terminally Ill

Perhaps because we are directly and actively involved with after-life ritual we do NOT shrink from connecting with people who are terminally ill.  We...

What Touched Me

  Good evening. At this point, you have heard some of the highlights that other graduates have expressed from the trip we took. My fellow...

Near Here Are Buried British Soldiers

On June 5 through 7, Kavod v’Nichum held its 14th annual North American Chevrah Kadisha and Jewish Cemetery Conference in Lexington, MA. Just up...

From San Bernardino to Orlando, to…?

The horrifying massacre at the Pulse nightclub in Orlando, FL, is not an isolated event; it is part of a campaign. The Jihad against...

Heathers: The Musical … “What a waste. Oh the humanity.”

Dedicated to all those affected by the Sunday, June 12, Orlando attack. With love.   Anyone familiar with the brilliant 1988 American cult black-comedy film...

Zachor — A Prayer for Unacknowledged Mourners by Rabbi Laurie Dinnerstein-Kurs

I am mourning the loss of my beloved grandchild. I am the mother (father) of the mourner, and the grandmother (grandfather) of the mait (maita)...

As A Secular Jew, Why Should I Care About Jewish Death Rituals?

When I was growing up in Gunnison, Colorado in the 1950’s, we were secular Jews who traveled by car driving some four hours to...

THAT Taharah: Dying to Serve & Serving to Live

  The hell that is depression has haunted me for over twenty years; severe clinical depression and anxiety was the original diagnosis. It took nearly...

Offering Spontaneous Comfort at the Hospital

“Hi, my name is Dan. I’m a Spiritual Care Volunteer here at the hospital. I’m stopping by to see how you are; to chat,...

The Blessing of Being There

So often, when we think of Jewish Burial, we think of Taharah, the washing and dressing of the body. I would like us to...

Mural So White

At about the same time everyone was talking about Chris Rock naming the elephant in the room in regard to the OscarsSoWhite hashtag and...

A Tiny Heart

My phone rings at all hours of the day and night. As the face of our community’s Chevrah Kadisha, I am on call to...

Jewish culture etc festivals in Europe, 2016

<img alt="" src="{assets_94213:{filedir_5}_IMG_4996.JPG} " style="width: 585px; height: 438px;" />   As usual, I am trying to put together <a href="http://jewish-heritage-travel.blogspot.it/2016/02/jewish-culture-etc-festivals-in-europe.html ">a list of as many as possible of...

Tragedy has No Borders: the Khojaly Massacre Remembered

When I write my pieces for the Jewish Journal, I always think first, how would my new friends and my adopted Jewish family in...

The Life and Death of the Friendly Casket Company

Our chevrah kadisha had a long and established relationship with a local casket maker, who suddenly went out of business about two years ago....

Everybody deserves a death ritual

Everybody deserves a death ritual, especially given the negativity placed upon death in the Western world. Memorial services and, for the most part, funerals,...

Unveiling a Monument, Building a Memory

Although I am a rabbi now, I did not grow up in a family that practiced. My first experiences with unveilings were ones I...

What Matters Most.

Remember when life was simply beautiful? Children didn’t get cancer.  No one filed bankruptcy.  Marriages were mostly… good.  Hospitals were places young women went to...

My Brain’s Contribution to Science

Last weekend I was on the campus of U.C. Berkeley in order for the researchers there to obtain an MRI of my brain. It...

Curing Diabetes

MIT scientists believe they are close to curing Type 1 diabetes, and hoping to make daily insulin shots obsolete.  Researchers at MIT reported in the...

Israeli startup puts cannabis flavored edibles on the market!

More than a year ago, I <a href="http://www.jewishjournal.com/thedashboard/item/medical_marijuana_inhaler_to_hit_the_market " target="_blank">wrote about one of Israel's top medical innovations: the 3D printed medical marijuana inhaler. And now,...

New Articles

6 Prominent Holocaust Survivors Have Died in Europe Over the Past Month

Six prominent Holocaust survivors who had dedicated much of their lives to educating others against hatred have died in Europe over the past month.

Jewish Man Says Company Fired Him After Refusing to Write BLM Press Release

A Jewish man has alleged that a company fired him because he refused to draft a Black Lives Matter (BLM) press release due to...

New Iranian Law Ramps Up Uranium Enrichment — If Biden Doesn’t Reenter Deal

Iran’s parliament passed a law on Wednesday aimed at pressuring President-elect Joe Biden to reenter the Iran nuclear deal almost as soon as he assumes office.

Israel’s UN Ambassador Demands Recognition of Jewish Refugees

Israel passed its first laws recognizing some citizens of Arab descent as refugees in 2002

Naftali Bennett: Approving a Palestinian State Would Be ‘Biggest Mistake’

Israeli Knesset Member Naftali Bennett warned that Israel approving a Palestinian state would be the “biggest mistake” of the country’s history.

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