Monthly Archives: December 2010

The Living Gathering of Ancestors

The parshah that recounts the death of Jacob begins:  VaYechi Ya’akov/ Jacob lived.  Some see in this beginning a testimony to unending vitality despite death. Jacob, aware that his life is ending, says:  I am to be gathered to my … Continue reading

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Sickbed and Sinai

The Talmud offers the following advice:  “One who visits the sick should not sit on the bed or sit on a chair (if the sick one lies on a pallet on the floor).  Rather, the visitor should wrap himself reverently and … Continue reading

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