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A Time To Mourn Without a Place to Pray

When I wanted to say kaddish for my mother, I found that my options as a woman were limited—and less than welcoming

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What Keeps Me Warm

How an afghan helps me stay connected to the grandmother I lost more than a decade ago

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Mourning Is Complicated

When Alan Rickman died, social media blew up with mini lamentations for the widely beloved actor. But the moment produced great ambivalence within me.

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My Dog Brought Me Back to Synagogue

When my dachshund Ginger died, I went to services to mourn—and it gave me a new appreciation for Judaism

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A Mother and Child Reunion

Since my mom died, she is with me all the time—with a warmth she rarely managed in life

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Grave Situation

My father shares the family plot at the cemetery with my mother—and with his second wife, who broke up our family

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New York’s Jewish Community Mourns Young Victims of Israeli Extremism

‘Rabbi’s condemning the violence while not condemning the community’s role in this hatred is unacceptable’

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Mourning the Mother Who Left Me Behind

I sat ‘shiva.’ I said ‘Kaddish.’ Then I saw a Broadway musical.

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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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Learning From Grief

Facebook COO Sheryl Sandberg opens up about the loss of her husband

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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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On the Book of Jonah, and My Mother

Trying to understand this baffling story, which we read on Yom Kippur, gave me insights into my mother’s death

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Rules for Hair Cutting and Rending Garments—and Exceptions for Newborns

Daf Yomi: The Talmud’s ruling principle is that there is always a correct course of action, since God is watching

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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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Mourning in the Language of Tisha B’Av

A makeshift ritual to grieve for Sudanese and Eritrean refugees in Israel

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People Who Secretly Love Feeling Miserable on Tisha B’Av

The holiday gives us permission to mourn for many things, personal and communal, that we avoid discussing the rest of the year

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How One Half-Yiddish, Half-English Song Connected Generations of My Family

‘Bei Mir Bistu Shein’ always reminded my mother of her father. And now that my mother is gone, it reminds me of her.

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A Mother’s Kaddish: Mourning for My Son, From the Women’s Section

After my child died, I reconnected with God through prayer—which is the point of Kaddish, on both sides of the mechitza

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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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A Farewell to Slinky, Our Beloved Cat Who Was Named by Tablet Readers

Judaism teaches us to be kind to animals. We teach that lesson to our kids by caring for our pets and mourning their loss as a family.

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Making a Personal Commitment to Care for the Dead—by Singing to Them

Just as we sing lullabies to newborns, I now offer the same loving care as part of my work with a burial fellowship

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Kaddish With a Dead Celebrity

In a cemetery thousands of miles away, an unexpected host helped me reconnect with my lost friend

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The Last Kaddish

Mourning for my mother saw me through anger, doubt, and numbness—and brought me closer to her

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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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In My Father’s Footsteps

Going on a book tour just a few weeks after my father died, I learned how to walk in his shoes—literally

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The Unofficial Mourner

I thought Jewish law left no role for me to grieve when my fiancé’s brother died. Now, I finally can.

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My Mother’s Loving Silence

A Holocaust survivor, she nurtured me with silence. This Mother’s Day, I’ll mourn for her—quietly.

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Mourning My Mother, Finally

For years, I tried to forget my mother’s suicide. Then a yahrzeit notice made me face the past.

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Mourning in America

The awkward tribute to the late Whitney Houston at the Grammys proves that the country still hasn’t learned how to mourn properly. But Judaism has.

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