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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…]

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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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D'vrei Torah

Release and Relief

July 2, 2012 0

I attended the funeral last month for a woman my age. This, alone, has a way of bringing one’s own mortality into sharp focus. Still, circumstances were decidedly different. This individual, the sister of a [Read more…]

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Reflections on Aging

Unbreakable Bonds

May 28, 2012 0

Several years ago I was asked to perform the wedding ceremony for an old friend’s daughter in Los Angeles. I flew in to San Diego a few days early so that I might visit a [Read more…]

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D'vrei Torah

The Lord giveth…

May 3, 2012 0

Who among us is not familiar with the faith-filled words of Job who, in the midst of crushing despair and loss, utters the famous line, “The Lord giveth, the Lord taketh away; blessed be the [Read more…]

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Care-Giving Concerns

Having “the talk”

February 8, 2012 0

Several of my friends who are also caregivers for their elderly parents to one degree or another, kept telling me that I needed to have “the talk” with my parents. “The talk” was a discussion [Read more…]