Rabbi Jonathan Kendall's daughter, right, with Nobel Peace Prize winner Elie Wiesel
Talmud Torah

Good Night Sweet Prince

July 9, 2016 0

One inevitable and inescapable rabbinic responsibility is to write eulogies. In these days of multiple family members and acquaintances invited to speak at the levaya, the “pressure” is diluted. Once upon a time, only the [Read more…]

Israel's Independence Hall, Tel Aviv. (Steve Lubetkin Photography. Used by permission.)
Talmud Torah

Talmud Torah: My Country, Right or Wrong

February 1, 2015 2

Editor’s note: Jewish Sacred Aging begins a new series of commentaries on Talmud Torah with this contribution by Rabbi Jonathan Kendall. I started religious school three years after Israel was declared a state. My first [Read more…]

D'vrei Torah

Rabbi Jonathan Kendall: Empty Chairs

April 21, 2014 0

A Pesach anecdote: when I became the Senior Rabbi at a large Miami congregation, among my many meetings with the Founding Rabbi Emeritus, the issue of the community Seder (though months away) became the focus [Read more…]

Agni by Bala Sivakumar. Used under Creative Commons License.
D'vrei Torah

The Eulogy

November 18, 2013 0

A long, long time ago, just on the edge of where memory meets embellishment, I was an Associate Rabbi in Hollywood – not Hollywood, FL, heaven forefend – but the real Hollywood, with swimming pools [Read more…]

Care-Giving Concerns

To Hospice or Not to Hospice?

September 30, 2013 1

I want to begin this essay with an acknowledgment: I believe hospice performs extraordinary work in life’s final stage. I know that hospice care varies from place to place, but I personally have never seen [Read more…]

Woman Holding Small Globe
Care-Giving Concerns

The World Shrinks

April 29, 2013 0

There are certain “set pieces,” or repetitive scripts that become a part of every Rabbi’s life. This comes under the heading of REALLY telling tales out of school. Each of us clergy-people brings a certain [Read more…]

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