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Reflections from the Director of In our Hearts, Rabbi Aaron Goldscheider.

Coping With Loss on the High Holidays

Coping With Loss on the High Holidays

These holy days of Rosh Hashana and Yom Kippur can often be difficult days, especially for those who have suffered ...
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Praying After the Death of My Son. An open letter to Sheryl Sandberg.

Praying After the Death of My Son. An open letter to Sheryl Sandberg.

Dear Sheryl, Your new book Option B has opened the conversation for thousands about the way to respond to tragedy and heartache after ...
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Peering Through the Window

Peering Through the Window

In the past I never took careful note of the great Torah personalities who themselves experienced child loss. But now, ...
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Visiting the Graves of Loved Ones Before Yom Kippur

Visiting the Graves of Loved Ones Before Yom Kippur

There is a meaningful custom of visiting the graves of our loved ones during the period surrounding Rosh Hashana and ...
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The Shofar: A Mother's Cry

The Shofar: A Mother’s Cry

How many shofar blasts must be heard on Rosh Hashana? The search for the answer to this question led the ...
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Broken Lives and Broken Tablets

Broken Lives and Broken Tablets

One of the most dramatic scenes in the Torah is when Moses descends Mount Sinai and sees the Jewish people ...
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Discovering a Close Friend in God

Discovering a Close Friend in God

The Torah portion of Bo opens when God commands Moses to go to Egypt and speak to Pharaoh. Many point ...
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A Sibling’s Pain: On the Loss of a Sister or Brother

A Sibling’s Pain: On the Loss of a Sister or Brother

A parent burying a child is without question one of the harshest blows that one can experience in life. It ...
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Light One Candle

Light One Candle

“Light one candle for the strength that we need” “Light one candle for those who are suffering”    (‘Light one ...
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Saying Goodbye to Ezra at the Airport

Saying Goodbye to Ezra at the Airport

It is not uncommon to find people saying farewell in an airport. People hug each other. Sometimes you will see ...
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Starbucks and the Lesson of Jacob’s Pillow

Starbucks and the Lesson of Jacob’s Pillow

The sun is setting and Jacob rests his head after a harrowing day. He is fleeing from his brother Esau ...
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An Unforgettable Visit with Abraham

An Unforgettable Visit with Abraham

Abraham receives a special visitor in his home. Three days after the painful procedure of circumcision God comes to visit ...
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Throwing the Keys Up to Heaven: A Thought for Tisha B’Av

Throwing the Keys Up to Heaven: A Thought for Tisha B’Av

When offering words of comfort to a mourner we reference the destruction of the Temple. The traditional invocation expresses our ...
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Irreplaceable

Irreplaceable

Commenting on the tragedy of the Holocaust, Rabbi Shlomo Carlebach once said, ‘It’s not just the number six million. We ...
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Visiting the Graves of Loved Ones Before Yom Kippur

Visiting the Graves of Loved Ones Before Yom Kippur

There is a meaningful custom of visiting the graves of our loved ones during the period surrounding Rosh Hashana and ...
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A Permanent Tear: On The Loss Of A Child

A Permanent Tear: On The Loss Of A Child

What does the Torah, our most sacred text, teach us about the traumatic and heart wrenching death: the loss of ...
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Towards a Greater Understanding of Techiyat HaMetim - ‘Resurrection of the Dead’

Towards a Greater Understanding of Techiyat HaMetim – ‘Resurrection of the Dead’

Jewish tradition teaches that after one dies, with the coming of the Messiah, a person will be brought back to ...
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