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The Soul - Aryeh Kaplan

The Soul – Aryeh Kaplan

One of the foundations of our faith is the belief in the immortality of the soul, and in life after death.

If one believes in God’s justice, one must also believe in the immortality of the soul. How can we otherwise reconcile the fact that many righteous individuals suffer in this life?

Just as the unborn child has many endowments which are of no use to it in the womb, but demonstrate that it will be born into a world where they will be used, so does a human being have many endowments which are of little value in this life, which indicate that man will be reborn into a higher dimension after death.

What is ‘Found Family’?

What is ‘Found Family’?

This morning we held a workshop on coping with loss. I know, it’s a very broad topic, but we planned to let the session take us wherever the participants wanted to go. We began the group by writing a simple question on the board:

What are you coping with?”

Immediately, a women sitting in the first row got up, took the marker from my co-facilitator, Litsa, and wrote under the first column: “The loss of my entire family”.  A few minutes later, the woman sitting next to her got up and wrote “The loss of my father and the loss of my relationships with my mother and my children.” Both of these women experienced the loss of their family and both expressed feeling utterly alone in the world.

Yizkor: A four part guide

Yizkor: A four part guide

For many people, Yizkor, is the number one reason why they attend synagogue on Yom Kippur. The word yizkor literally means to remember, and Yizkor is a time-honored way for people to remember close family members who have passed away. Yizkor, however, is about far more than just memory. Yizkor is a gateway into some of the deepest Jewish insights into the soul, the nature of the afterlife, and the relationship between our reality in this world, and the world beyond.

Nichum Aveilim: Comforting the Mourners

Nichum Aveilim: Comforting the Mourners

As some of the readers may know, our family lost our beloved son, Eric Eliezer Levenson (z”l), a year and a half ago. Because we believe it is important, and may be beneficial to others, to be open about the cause of his death, that he took his own life at the age of 28 after 14 years of suffering from severe depression, a number of people have approached us over this time, seeking insights and guidance on various issues.

Menuchas Hanefesh

Menuchas Hanefesh

Menuchas hanefesh is a global organization whose aim is to help destigmitize miscarriage and stillbirths in the jewish community.   Their services assist women and families navigate the emotional period of pregnancy loss and pregnancy after a loss.

Menuchas Hanefesh sends out a unique pregnancy loss package, free of charge, as well as offer support, meals and assistance to those in need.

If you or someone you know could benefit from our services or would like more information please email menuchashanefeshmtl@gmail.com

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