Kobe Bryant, in a Dec. 13, 2014 game against the Washington Wizards. (Alexandra Walt Photo/Flickr.com public domain photo)

Sudden Death

“No matter how old we are, no matter how much experience we have had with death, it is sudden death that some people feel hits us the hardest,” writes Rabbi Stephen Karol about the untimely death of basketball great Kobe Bryant and eight others in a helicopter crash Jan. 26. [Read more…]


“May God comfort you…” Upon Ending Shloshim For My Father

Editor’s Note: As Passover ends, we are again given the opportunity, in ritual fashion, for one of our tradition’s Yizkor services. To remember is a gift. This guest blog post for Pesach Yizkor is from [Read more…]


On the Fifth Night Of Chanukah…Our Dog Died

Behold our menorah from the sixth day of Chanukah. Behold the third candle: snuffed way sooner than the others. At this season commemorating miracles, God performed another one. The shrunken candle spoke to me of [Read more…]

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11/14/2017 JSA Radio: Rabbi Anne Brener, author of Mourning & Mitzvah, on creating caring communities

The guest is Rabbi Anne Brener, MAJCS, MA, LCSW , is a Los Angeles-based psychotherapist and spiritual director who has assisted institutions worldwide in creating caring communities. She is the author of Mourning and Mitzvah: [Read more…]