Life: The Luck Of The Draw

Life: The Luck Of The Draw

Image credit: pinging.com A few weeks ago, towards the end of Talmud Tractate Megilla, I wrote about various sages in the Talmud who lived to “old age,” whatever that meant 2,000 years ago, and to what they attributed their longevity. I noted my chuckle over one...
Vayechi: Spiritual Care For The Dying

Vayechi: Spiritual Care For The Dying

Photo Credit: D-Gernz on Flickr This week’s Torah reading, Vayechi, begins by telling us that our patriarch Jacob, “lived 17 years in the land of Egypt,” once he had been reunited with his beloved son, Joseph. This sentence sets the stage for the end of the...
Vayehi: Jacob’s End-of-Life Wisdom

Vayehi: Jacob’s End-of-Life Wisdom

Photo Credit: flicker.com/salvadhor Parashat Vayehi – Jacob’s End-of-Life Wisdom Reb Simcha Paull Raphael Ph.D. At the end of Genesis the life long journey of the illustrious patriarch Jacob comes to an end. Surrounded by his extended family, Jacob dies, he “was...

How Did Moses Face His Fear of Dying?

On a recent walk, I was listening to the Hidden Brain podcast on NPR, and chose to listen to an interview with Dr. Sheldon Solomon called “We’re All Going To Die!” Feeling strongly as I do that we live in a society that thinks we can somehow “cheat” death, I was...

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