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Reflections on Aging

Meditations on life, death and an afterlife for an improved Shanah Tovah

Editor’s Note: This essay by Rabbi Allen S. Maller was originally published on the blogs of The Times of Israel. It is republished here with Rabbi Maller’s kind permission. In just four weeks Jews will begin [Read more…]

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Reflections on Aging

“If It Please You, Do Not Go Past Your Servant…”

Rabbinic lore teaches that every person who was present at the revelation at Sinai heard the Divine Voice according to his/her specific abilities. It is at the root of the belief that worship experiences can [Read more…]

Reflections on Aging

A Whack of Humility

  [dropcap]T[/dropcap]his year was the first time in a long time that I did not lead services on the second day of Rosh Hashanah. Having recently left my chaplaincy position of 25 years (and where [Read more…]

Reflections on Aging

Backwards and Forwards: a pre-Rosh Hashanah commentary

Don’t say, “How is it that times past were better than these?” For it is not wise of you to ask that question. (Kohelet/Ecclesiastes 7:10) Although we won’t be reading this verse for several weeks [Read more…]

Baby Boomer Bubbe

“Mirror, Mirror on the Wall…. WHO THE HELL IS THAT?”

Ok! Ok! Ok! We are all Baby Boomers who either fashion ourselves from Haight-Ashbury, Rodeo Drive, 5th Avenue or somewhere in between! We either care or we don’t care what we look like and the [Read more…]

D'vrei Torah

Calm in the face of life: A reflection from Jewish ethical tradition

The parsha entitled Chaye Sarah, the Life of Sarah, begins with Sarah’s death at the age of 127.  Abraham purchases a burial site for his wife, the cave of Machpelah, from Ephron the Hittite for [Read more…]