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When Our Parents Die, What Should We Do With Their Possessions?

Bob Morris, author of the new memoir Bobby Wonderful: An Imperfect Son Buries His Parents, has created an online museum for your parents’ things—and he wants your submissions.

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Gifts of the Body

Amending the Jewish take on organ and whole body donation

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Guarding the Dead

During my first shift sitting shmira with a body awaiting burial, I felt sad, guilty, anxious—and grateful

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Down to Earth: The Vital Lessons Learned in Burying the Dead

Returning our deceased to the soil honors the injunction for a proper burial—and keeps us mindful of the life cycle of which we’re a part

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If Even the Angel of Death Makes Mistakes, Where Is There True Justice?

The Talmud imagines the world as organized for the benefit of Torah sages, even in matters of sex and death

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Has Mourning Gone Viral?

When celebrities die, tributes flood social media—and I can’t help but ‘dislike’

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A Younger Generation Finds a New Place To Talk About Mourning

Two Jewish women launched Modern Loss to help twenty- and thirtysomethings start a new conversation about struggling with grief

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Zombies, Vampires, and Things That Come Back to Life: A Rabbi’s Take on Halloween and Beyond

Kids’ fascination with the undead goes far beyond one holiday, but it’s a perfect time to talk about Jewish traditions around death

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Two Deaths, One Answer

After my brother died, I was frozen with grief—until author Harold Kushner helped me rediscover community

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Mourning Glory

When a mother succumbs to cancer in old age, and a father faces his own mortality, a son is reminded of the blessings of a good shiva

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Ground Up

Diagnosed with cancer, my father decided to have his tongue removed. It’s an extreme treatment, but he’s always known how to make things work out.

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Memorial Day

Without ritual and prayer, grief for a lost loved one has no place to go. But can a convert to Judaism observe yahrzeit for a non-Jewish parent?

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Reprise

My father would chant Torah on Rosh Hashanah’s second day—the binding of Isaac. The holiday reminds me of him and his beloved Mahler symphonies.

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Undead

Forget those sexy vampires and shirtless werewolves. Only zombies represent the Torah’s true teachings on life and death, reminding us that death is just a part of life.

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Skating Backward

Marking the first anniversary of his father’s death, a son reflects on the deceased’s once-powerful frame and how its legacy and memory continue to give him strength

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Remembering

This year Mother’s Day falls on the eve of Israel’s Memorial Day. For one motherless daughter, the coincidence brings up comparisons she can’t ignore.

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Calvin and Sobs

A frigid winter, a sick dog, and an iPhone app called Pocket God prompt thoughts of John Calvin and an escape to the Caribbean. But can paradise make reality any less miserable?

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Medium Well

Saying goodbye to Medium, the surprisingly Jewish television show that perfectly captured the realities of parenting, the depths of grief, and the joys of everyday life

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Visiting the Dead

A visit to New York’s Mount Carmel Cemetery highlights how far American Jews have drifted from their immigrant ancestors, geographically and ritually

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Death Toll

Back when the Yiddish press relished covering suicides

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In the Attic

A writer wonders which neighbor will hide him when the next genocide happens

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Are You There, God? It’s Us.

Little people, big questions

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Hey, Jew, Don’t Make It Bad

Does telling children they’re hated make them mishear lyrics and, eventually, horde Viagra?

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Falling Down

How to talk to kids about death, in Haiti and at home

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A Cold Case

From the archives: Trying to recall the exact moment my father told me he was dying

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Intermarried Chicago Kids Won’t Get Grandpa’s Money

But will presented weird incentives for dad

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Sundown: The Loneliest Congregant

‘Six Feet Under’ is in, day school’s out, and kashrut’s on the rise

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Sundown: Here’s Egg on Your Face

Life and death, prison grub, and an exemplary Jewess

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Ortho Group Worked on Hudson Crash Scene

Misaskim shows up whenever Jewish bodies are involved

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Death Penalty

Crises face the newly departed

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