The rise in interest in one’s legacy has led to greater awareness in the traditional idea of writing an Ethical Will. This desire to leave something spiritual and ethical behind is at the heart of our own spiritual growth as we age. From the volume A Time to Prepare, here is a brief outline of the ethical will, and a suggested form with which to begin your own spiritual gift to those you love.
Rabbi Richard F. Address, D.Min, is the Founder and Director of www.jewishsacredaging.com. Rabbi Address served for over three decades on staff of the Union for Reform Judaism; first as a Regional Director and then, beginning in 1997, as Founder and Director of the URJ’s Department of Jewish Family Concerns and served as a specialist and consultant for the North American Reform Movement in the areas of family related programming. Rabbi Address was ordained from Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion in 1972 and began his rabbinic career in Los Angeles congregations. He also served as a part time rabbi for Beth Hillel in Carmel, NJ while regional director and, after his URJ tenure, served as senior rabbi of Congregation M’kor Shalom in Cherry Hill, NJ from 2011-2014.