A commentary by Rabbi Address, “Conversations On The Final Chapter: The Holiness Of Caregiving ,” appears in the New York Jewish Week newspaper and on its website.
“Engaging caregiving professionals is fully appropriate under Jewish law when the child’s attempts to provide care will result only in a deterioration of the relationship, causing the child to manifest a lack of honor or reverence to the parent,” Rabbi Address writes. “As we journey with another person toward the end of life, we are often reminded of the richness of our faith and its values, rituals and traditions. As we seek to make decisions that respect dignity and magnify sanctity, we may grow in our appreciation of our role as God’s holy partners.”
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