2017: A Year Of Patience and Wisdom

Happy New Year! 2016 is ending, and for many, not a moment too soon. Certainly the news of the world and the loss of so many headline making people have taken a toll, and kept [Read more…]

Reflections on Aging

Eyes neither dimmed nor strength abated

Upon Moses’ death the Bible observes, “His eye was not dimmed neither was his strength abated.” No one will write those words about me. Indeed, the Bible describes all the rest of its heroes declining [Read more…]

D'vrei Torah

Miketz: What We See May Not Be What Is

The Joseph story reaches another pivotal point in this week’s portion, “Miketz” (Genesis 41ff). Joseph’s ability to interpret dreams is rewarded and, before we know it, a famine in Canaan drives Joseph’s brothers to seek [Read more…]

David's Star (Patrick Lentz photo via, Creative Commons license.)

Chanukah Light: The Power of Personal Presence

Happy Chanukah. These next days will see families gather and candles lit and, probably, some gifts exchanged. This is al ways an interesting time for us, especially, I think, this year as Chanukah comes at [Read more…]

D'vrei Torah

Vayeshev: The “Discomfort” of Being Settled!

The portion “Vayeshev” ( Genesis 37) brings us to several famous and infamous stories. We meet the spoiled and catered to Joseph and his famous coat (37:3) and are drawn into the sibling challenges of [Read more…]

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A Jewish Singer’s Christmas Journey

Editor’s Note: This guest column was written by Mark Pinzur. I had no idea of she was talking about. Walking home one summer afternoon after a pickup baseball game, Kathy Cipley informed me that I [Read more…]


Call for Survey Participants: How Jewish Rituals of Mourning Affect Bereavement Outcomes for Widowed Older Adults

Rachael F. Falk, M.A. Doctoral Candidate, Clinical Psychology William James College   All cultures have their own framework for treating the dying, the dead, and the bereaved. For example, Muslim families turn a dying individual’s [Read more…]

Rabbi Ben David, left, senior rabbi at Congregation Adath Emanu-El, Mt. Laurel, NJ, chats with Rabbi Richard Address, host of the Jewish Sacred Aging Podcast, before recording in the Lubetkin Media Companies studio in Cherry Hill, NJ
Seekers of Meaning-JSA Podcast

Rabbi Ben David discusses his experience with cancer and how it has changed him as a rabbi, a parent, and a human being

In the December 16, 2016 Jewish Sacred Aging Podcast, Rabbi Ben David, senior rabbi at Congregation Adath Emanu-El, Mt. Laurel, NJ, discusses his experience battling non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma and how it is shaping a new perspective [Read more…]

D'vrei Torah

Vayishlach: Who and What Am I Wrestling With?

Vayishlach presents us with one of the THE most powerful passages in all of Torah. This is the famous story fo Jacob and his wrestling with someone or something. Anticipating his reunion with the brother, [Read more…]