Tag: mourning

Meditations on Morning Blessings: Failure, Memory and Change

on the occasion of a bat mitzvah and a young military death, a prayer for mindfulness and action ** In the midst of the Viet Nam War, the great folk-singer/writer Steve Goodman wrote: “Tonight there’s […]

At the New Moon Before Passover 5772

for the family of Trayvon Martin, all mourners, and toward justice for all

Tisha B’av

During all the years that Israel was in the wilderness, on the eve of every ninth of Av, Moses sent a herald throughout the camp to proclaim, “Go out and dig graves, go out and […]

Acharei Mot: Something to Notice

“Acharei mot [after the death].” This expression refers to the deaths of Nadav and Abihu after they “came near” (elsewhere: “brought strange fire”) before the Lord (see parashat Shemini). For some readers, I imagine, it’s […]

Shemini: A Path to Follow

“And Moses said to Aaron and to his sons Eleazar and Ithamar, “Do not bare your heads [rasheichem al-tifra’u] and do not rend your clothes, lest you die and anger strike the whole community. But […]

Chayei Sarah: Great Source(s)

Students of Torah know that the text rarely spends time describing the emotional state of its characters. In fact, this is the only Torah portion that shares details of mourning for a woman. Abraham’s tears […]

Chayei Sarah: Language and Translation

…and Abraham came to eulogize [lis’pod] Sarah and to bewail her [v’liv’kotah*]. (Stone**) …mourn for Sarah and bewail her. (Plaut/JPS and TWC**) …to mourn Sarah and to keen for her. (Alter**) …set about to lament […]