Thinking about one’s funeral honors during a visit to New York
According to a Times of Israel report, Warmbier’s family and those working for his release chose not to disclose his Judaism so as not to ’embarrass’ North Korea
Foreign leaders—and the entire state of Israel—mourned the loss of one of the great leaders of the 20th century
As a child accompanying my father to funerals in the 1970s, I witnessed the death of the borough’s Jewish community, one person at a time
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
Just as we sing lullabies to newborns, I now offer the same loving care as part of my work with a burial fellowship
By giving a stranger a proper funeral, my community did a mitzvah. What if he wasn’t actually Jewish?
My father died on Sept. 9, 2001. The terrorist attacks two days later delayed his burial, a violation of Jewish law, but ultimately at least made me feel less alone in my grief.
A writer endeavors to learn exactly how ordinary people arrive at their systems of belief and disbelief
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