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The Jewish Traditions & Practice relating to Death and Mourning
Our tradition encompasses all of life, day and night, light and dark. Even in the most difficult of situations--the imminent and then actual loss of a loved one--our Torah is there to strengthen us, to guide us, and to help us grow and see beyond our loss...
Question: Almost a year ago, I lost my child. I watch the world moving along while I am left behind in the memory of her and of what could have been. Now the first yartzeit is coming up. What is that supposed to mean to me? Where do I take things from her...
Question: Why would G‑d take a father by a massive heart attack as he's dancing at his daughter's wedding? None of the upwards of 50 Rabbis at the wedding could save my brother-in-law, nor could the doctors. I don't understand how this can happen. I don't...
Question: G-d chose to take away my dear son from me. Can I have my son back as a newly born son with G-d's blessings? Response: The MidrashMishle 31 tells the story of Bruriah, the wife of Rabbi Meir. The couple was blessed with two boys. Lively and brig...
On the plane from TLV to LAX, 05/23/2017 My mother has passed on. And her words—I can’t recall her words. It’s true. Don’t ask a son for a biography of his mother. He never really left her womb.Don’t ask a son for a biography of his mother. He never reall...
The Lubavitcher Rebbe’s Response to Loss and Tragedy
Current today as when originally provided, this volume is a collection of the Lubavitcher Rebbe's counsel to the bereaved. Whether responding to a widow struggling to explain her husband's death to her children, or to a community whose school was the targ...
How to Honor the Departed
Maintaining the Connection
One of the most frequently asked questions after someone loses a loved one is for insight as to what they can do to honor and uplift the soul of the departed. Jewish tradition offers guidance for the most significant actions that preserve our connection t...
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