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Daniel  Mutlu
Parashat B’reishit

Daniel Mutlu  |  October 13, 2017

Julia R. Cadrain
Al Kol Eileh: Processing Loss on our Terms (Yom Kippur 5778)

Julia R. Cadrain  |  September 30, 2017

Our​ ​process​ ​of​ ​saying​ ​goodbye​ ​and​ ​mourning​ ​can​ ​evolve,​ ​too.​ ​Perhaps​ ​this​ ​is​ ​why​ ​we​ ​are called​ ​upon​ ​to​ ​attend​ ​​yizkor​​ ​services​ ​year​ ​after​ ​year.​ ​Because​ ​after​ ​someone​ ​dies,​ ​our​ ​memories remain​ ​dynamic​ ​and​ ​our​ ​relationships​ ​may​ ​continue​ ​to​ ​transform​ ​over​ ​time.​

Daniel  Mutlu
The Memory of Light (Yom Kippur 5778)

Daniel Mutlu  |  September 30, 2017

These set periods and traditions help us to grieve–they give us something to do when we feel lost. But at some point after losing a loved one, we inevitably arrive at their birthday, starkly without them. For me it was on May 23rd. All of a sudden I found myself not only caught off-guard but also without a set course to follow. How was I to think of this special day now that it too had been forever changed?

Abigail Pogrebin
Yom Kippur Appeal 5778

Abigail Pogrebin  |  September 29, 2017

For my wonderful Mom, her habits, traditions, and rituals are ingrained and immovable. I learned how to set a Jewish table from her. How to make crispy potato latkes. The importance of lighting a menorah for eight nights and attending two family seders. I absorbed the pride of being Jewish from her, and yes, how to repurpose last night’s chicken. What I didn’t learn, however, was the value and power of being part of a synagogue.

Stephanie D. Kolin
Then we Shall Rebuild Ourselves with Love (Yom Kippur 5778)

Stephanie D. Kolin  |  September 29, 2017

This brief, but illuminating instruction manual, suggests to us that, in our tradition, love is more than an emotion; love is an action. If I tell you that I love my friend, but I never spend time with them, I don’t help them when they’re sick, I don’t show up when they need me – then my saying I love them is a whole lot of words and not much else.

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