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Daily Meditation: In Mourning

The Huffington Post | Antonia Blumberg | Posted 07.07.2016 | Religion

We all need help maintaining our personal spiritual practice. We hope that these Daily Meditations, prayers and mindful awareness exercises can be par...

Can a Gentile Say Kaddish for Her Jewish Aunt?

Barbara Falconer Newhall | Posted 09.03.2016 | Religion
Barbara Falconer Newhall

Can a gentile say Kaddish? Is it blessing enough to say it only once, at the burial? And what if the minyan -- the traditional gathering of at least ten Jewish men required to say Kaddish -- is neither Jewish, nor 100 percent male?

Cannes Grand Prix Winner "Son of Saul": A Critical Review

Karin Badt | Posted 06.09.2016 | Entertainment
Karin Badt

The story Nemes invents: that of Saul Auslander, a Hungarian member of the Sonderkommando, who when he sees a boy being murdered (apparently his son) becomes determined, and then obsessed, to give the boy a religious burial.

The End of Mourning: Closure on a Year of Remembrance

Howard Barbanel | Posted 06.14.2015 | Religion
Howard Barbanel

The Ba'al Tefila (prayer leader) was old, probably in his 80s, his complexion wan, his hair snow white and thin, his posture stooped, but his voice was strong enough to reach every part of the large main sanctuary.

The 90 Day Post-Mortem Mourning Report on Mom

Howard Barbanel | Posted 10.01.2014 | Religion
Howard Barbanel

Portrait of my late mother Alice Barbanel as a 21 year-old. I don't know where to put Mom. Not Mom in actuality, but her portrait. Mom passed away ...

Jewish Group Delivers Mourning Kaddish For Gaza Victims

The Huffington Post | Antonia Blumberg | Posted 07.26.2014 | Religion

A Jewish group by the name "If Not Now, When?" organized a protest against the violence in Gaza on Thursday in which participants said a mourner's kad...

A Prayer for Dad

Talia Weisberg | Posted 05.10.2014 | College
Talia Weisberg

Saying Kaddish showed me that I can assert my voice in religious spaces, something that I had never tried to do before. It showed my community that I am a full member, despite being a girl, dedicated to Judaism and its dictates.

One Stitch At a Time: Anne Lamott's Homespun Theology

Judy Bolton-Fasman | Posted 03.04.2014 | Religion
Judy Bolton-Fasman

Like this startling world of ours, children don't always grow up the way you expect them to. Love and beauty have infinite forms.

A Rabbinic Take on Gravity

Rabbi Herb Cohen | Posted 01.26.2014 | Religion
Rabbi Herb Cohen

Gravity reminds us of the uncertainty and danger inherent in living, but it also reminds us that crisis can be the catalyst of new understandings about ourselves and the world around us.

A Kaddish Prayer for International Transgender Day of Remembrance

H. Adam Ackley, Ph.D. | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices
H. Adam Ackley, Ph.D.

Though those who were killed in transphobic acts of violence in the past year may not have been known to us personally, many of us hold their memories in our minds and hearts as fallen brothers and sisters, so the recitation of the Kaddish seems especially fitting.

Children of God

Rabbi Robyn Fryer Bodzin | Posted 10.06.2013 | Religion
Rabbi Robyn Fryer Bodzin

Rabbi Carlebach used music to reach and inspire people. Following death, we all need to forge our own paths to get back to the Garden. For some its music, for others it is community and for still others it is just takes time.

Magnified And Sanctified: Women And Kaddish At The Western Wall

Judy Bolton-Fasman | Posted 06.08.2013 | Religion
Judy Bolton-Fasman

Last week, 15 narrow-minded men tried to outlaw women saying the Kaddish at the Western Wall. There was so much blowback that they rescinded their ban. I cannot imagine, I do not want to imagine, that we have returned to a time where being a woman is both demeaning and dangerous.

Dragon Mothers and Grieving Parents

Judy Bolton-Fasman | Posted 05.27.2013 | Parents
Judy Bolton-Fasman

There is no one fiercer or scarier or more real in this world than a dragon mother. Dragon mothers are mothers who grieve for children who have died or are terminally ill.

Arrested for Praying Out Loud?

Rabbi Laura Geller | Posted 12.19.2012 | Religion
Rabbi Laura Geller

It's hard to believe, but you can be arrested for singing the Sh'ma out loud at the Western Wall in Jerusalem, considered the holiest site in the Jewish world. You can be arrested -- if you are a woman.

Lessons From The Kaddish A Decade After 9/11

Arnold M. Eisen | Posted 11.07.2011 | Religion
Arnold M. Eisen

I've been thinking a lot about the words of the kaddish, the memorial prayer that Jews recite daily in the months immediately following the passing of those closest to us.

Say The Name: There Is No Such Thing As Holocaust Fiction

Saumya Arya Haas | Posted 05.25.2011 | Religion
Saumya Arya Haas

After a lifetime of not thinking about it much, I suddenly stumbled into Holocaust memories, and now they are tangled around me. They are not my memories, but their meaning is part of my life. It has to be.

The Best Writing Tips Ever

The Huffington Post | Amy Hertz | Posted 05.25.2011 | Books

I've been in publishing for more than 20 years, I've attended my fair share of writer's conferences and workshops, and in my experience, the poet Alle...