Let’s Get Better at Being Together

Let’s Get Better at Being Together

I’m cooking gumbo and here’s why: Death can be painful or rather, it often feels that way. However, it doesn’t have to be.  It doesn’t have to carry that weight. There is a way to transcend the pain of death, but achieving this requires a shift in our understanding of...
An Open Letter to Those Who Grieve

An Open Letter to Those Who Grieve

To all the believers who worship the resurrected Christ: Grace to you and peace and comfort to all those who have lost someone they love. I write to offer an honest reflection on the nature of death and grief.  Is there a more universal human experience we all share...
Grief Hunger

Grief Hunger

We planned for up to 15 people to attend the weekend grief seminar at the church. With a couple of weeks to go, the minister called to tell me fifty had registered. They all showed up, participated and expressed gratitude for the chance to be a part of our time...
Choose Life

Choose Life

It seems that when a Jew declares support for Israel, they must always begin with disclaimers and clarifications. I am a faithful Jew, a rabbi, a Zionist, a progressive, a supporter of Palestinian self-determination.   While it bothers me on one level to preempt the...