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Kaddish

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 01.25.2014 | Gay 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 There was so much blowback that they rescinded their ban.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...