On this episode of the podcast, Rabbi Address speaks with Rabbi Stephen Karol, author of Finding Hope and Faith in the Face of Death: Insights of a Rabbi and Mourner.
The book is about giving people hope and faith, comfort and inspiration when a death occurs. It is based on Rabbi Karol’s experiences throughout his forty-year career as a rabbi in helping his congregants deal with the emotions and thoughts that occur when a loved one dies. Rabbi Karol has grown to understand, and has taught about, the importance of community when we are mourners, and of the absolute emotional and spiritual power of prayer. The book includes lessons that he has learned personally and professionally, lessons that are relevant to the very real issues brought on by sorrow and regret. His messages not only educate those who read them but also convey a sense of faith and hope that can positively affect our transition from mourning to living our lives. And, they are valid for Jews and non-Jews alike—those who attend services, and those who don’t.
About the Guest
Stephen A. Karol is Rabbi Emeritus of Temple Isaiah in Stony Brook, New York. He was ordained at the Hebrew Union College in Cincinnati in 1977, and has served at Temple Beth Zion in Buffalo, New York, Congregation Sha’aray Shalom in Hingham, Massachusetts, and Temple Isaiah. He teaches at Temple Isaiah and also at the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at Stony Brook University. Rabbi Karol lives in Port Jefferson, New York, with his wife, Donna.