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Jewish Wisdom on After-Life

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Even though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil, for you are with me; your rod and your staff, they comfort me. (Psalm 23:4)

One of the most terrifying and appalling thing that could happen to us and our love ones is death. Just thinking about it makes my skin crawl, and what causes serious dismay is the fact that, nothing is special and mysterious about it …

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History Timeline of Jewish People in America

History Timeline of Jewish People in America

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1630 Holland captures Pernambuco, Brazil from the Portuguese and invites Jewish settlement. A significant Jewish community develops in Recife.  (Recife is the 4 th largest metropolitan area in Brazil with 4,136,506 inhabitants.

1649 Solomon Franco was a merchant, who was granted a weekly stipend by the Puritan authorities on the condition that he leave on the next available passage to Holland.

1654 Portugal recaptures Brazil and

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A Death in Vienna

Daniel Silva

Publisher: Penguin

Art restorer and sometime spy Gabriel Allon is sent to Vienna to authenticate a painting, but the real object of his search becomes something else entirely: to find out the truth about the photograph that has turned his world upside down. It is the face of the unnamed man who brutalized his mother in the last days of World War II, during the Death March from Auschwitz. But is it really the same one? If so, …

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Toward a Meaningful Life: The Wisdom of the Sages

With a new foreword and chapter that address the upheaval that followed the events of September 11, this revised edition of Toward a Meaningful Life traces the root causes of our fear and uncertainty and lucidly outlines strategies for recovery and redemption. Profound yet accessible to readers of all backgrounds and beliefs, Toward a Meaningful Life provides comfort and renewed hope, showing us …

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Beyond the Tears: Helping Jewish Kids Cope With Death

Eugene I. Kwalwasser

Publisher: Pitspopany Press

Young people have no experience with death and mourning. They need guidelines, a sense of direction, a path that will give them comfort even as they express their anger, frustration, and suffering.

Unfortunately, many parents are at a loss as to how to explain the end process of life to their children. Not all parents can really “speak” to their …

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Consolation: The Spiritual Journey Beyond Grief

Maurice Lamm

Publisher: JPS

For most of us, mourning is something to be endured. We are often merely passive spectators of our own pain, and we see our grief period as a grim mountain that we must climb over. But for Maurice Lamm it can be much more.

Bereavement, he says, can often be an enriching experience, even as it is a sorrowful and often tragic one. Our faith in a higher power can move us to not only live through

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Time To Mourn, a Time To Comfort, 2nd Edition: A Guide to Jewish Bereavement

Dr. Ron Wolfson

Publisher: Jewish Lights

A Step-by-Step Guide for Honoring the Dead and Empowering the Living

When someone dies, there are so many questions—from what to do in the moment of grief, to dealing with the practical details of the funeral, to spiritual concerns about the meaning of life and death. This indispensable guide to Jewish mourning and comfort provides traditional and modern insights into every aspect of loss. In a new, easy-to-use …

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A History of the Jews in the Modern World

Howard M. Sachar

Publisher: Vintage Books

“A rich and balanced account.... There is no other book that attempts, as this one does, to recount the history of the Jews in modern times in all its geographical variation and breathtaking disparity.” – Washington Post Book World

“Magisterial... Sachar situates Jews on a global stage.... [He] relates an immensely complex story with precision and learning.” – New York …

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Gold From the Land of Israel: A New Light on the Weekly Torah Portion From the Writings of Rabbi Abraham Isaac HaKohen Kook

Rabbi Chanan Morrison

Publisher: Urim Publications

Rabbi Abraham Isaac Kook (1865-1935), the celebrated first Chief Rabbi of pre-state Israel, is recognized as being among the most important Jewish thinkers of all times. His writings reflect the mystic’s search for underlying unity in all aspects of life and the world, and his unique personality similarly united a rare combination of talents and gifts. Rav Kook was a prominent rabbinical authority and active public leader, but at …

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Book of Psalms in Plain English

Aaron Lichtenstein

Publisher: Urim Publications

In the Book of Psalms in Plain English, you will find the Book of Psalms itself, its ideas and emotions. The English rendition is in verse, just as the Hebrew original is in poetry – in the various poetic modes required by the varied moods and messages.

Read and be moved by the inspiring words of Psalms, translated into clear and readable English by a scholar of Judaism and professor of English. …

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Not 2 Be Missed | Presidential dream: long walk in the park

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WASHINGTON – President Barack Obama wants you to know that he is not a golf addict.

He spends so much time unwinding on the links because security restrictions mean he can’t go out for long walks or go to the carwash or the grocery store.

The president’s comments came during a session with editors and publishers from Hearst Magazines in which he described life behind the scenes in the White House.

The president said he loves …

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Margot Frank steps out of sister Anne’s shadow

The Anne Frank House, a museum devoted to the Jewish teenager whose diary became world famous after her death in a German concentration camp, opened an exhibition last week in honor of her lesser-known sister Margot.

“Most of the interest has been in Anne; not much is known about Margot,” museum spokeswoman Annemarie Bekker told AFP of the latest project.

“This exhibition will

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Death mask of a monster: Taken just minutes after his suicide by cyanide, the unseen picture of Himmler put up for auction. But who would want to buy such a sick memento?

… round glasses still perched on his nose, it is hard to believe that this pathetic figure of a man was responsible for one of the largest genocides in history.

Taken just minutes after he had bitten down on a cyanide capsule, this previously unseen picture shows the still warm  body of Heinrich Himmler, head of the dreaded SS and the twisted mastermind of the Holocaust.

It was taken by Corporal Guy Adderley of the Intelligence Corps in May 1945, one of the team who …

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Pope exonerates Jews for Jesus’ death

Pope exonerates Jews for Jesus' death

Pope Benedict XVI has made a sweeping exoneration of the Jewish people for the death of Jesus Christ, tackling one of the most controversial issues in Christianity in a new book.In “Jesus of Nazareth-Part II” excerpts released Wednesday, Benedict explains biblically and theologically why there is no basis in Scripture for the argument that the Jewish people as a whole were responsible for Jesus’ death.

Interpretations to the

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The Purpose of Sitting Shiva

The Purpose of Sitting Shiva

Shiva is the Jewish period of mourning observed the first week after the funeral of a parent, spouse, sibling, or child.

From the time of death until the conclusion of the funeral, the primary focus and concern is on the care of the deceased and the burial preparations. Once shiva begins, the focus shifts to the mourners. Shiva is a time of reflection, meditation, contemplation and spiritual healing. The

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Spring Valley - Police Arrest Two For Breaking Into Jewish Cars

The Spring Valley Police Department arrested last night two individuals who were seen breaking into vehicles on Dorset Road, it all began when a car alarm went off alerting a spring valley resident who saw two people fleeing the scene, he immediatly called police who caught up with the suspects after a short foot chase onto the property of a private home where the individuals were hiding on …

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The Dark Days Are Over

This morning at 3am, I was lying on the front lawn watching a red shadow creep across the moon.

If this had been 1991, this might have been attributed to a bad acid trip followed by cheap Mexican food. Back then, seeing the moon go dark on the Winter Solstice would have been proof positive that the world would be ending very soon, and there was little point in thinking about getting a real job or paying the

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Montreal, Quebec - Jewish Canadian Man Found Frozen To Death

Montreal, Quebec - Jewish Canadian Man Found Frozen To Death

Montreal, Quebec – The body of Matthew Besner, a 27 year old insurance company employee who had been missing since he stepped out of a Montreal restaurant for a few moments early Sunday morning, was found at 8:15 this morning on the shores of the frozen Lachine Canal fifteen blocks west of the restaurant.  Footprints on the north side of the canal and broken ice on the chanal showed that Besner crossed the

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Give me children or give me death

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M., 25, is about to die. The young haredi woman, who resides in an isolated community in Jerusalem, has been refusing to undergo an urgent hysterectomy to remove a tumor that has spread in her uterus because it will mean losing her ability to give birth.

M. was diagnosed with endometrial cancer over a year ago. The doctors told the young women, who has yet to give birth, that in order to save her life, they would …

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Kaddish for JFK

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It was bright and sunny in Washington on November 22, 1993, thirty years after the assassination of John F. Kennedy. I was attending an annual conference of over 7000 professors of religion and biblical studies in the capital city. What a shame, I thought, that at this conference there was no formal recognition of the anniversary of the death of this leader. Here were gathered so many experts in religion …

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Parshat Toldot: Approaches to Evil

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The intriguing story of the blessings of Yitzchak plays a paramount role in this parsha. As the Torah writes, Yitzchak wanted to give the brachot to his firstborn Esav, but Rivka intervened and Yaakov received them instead. At the time, a firstborn was meant to carry on the leadership of the family. Avraham passed the bechora on to Yitzchak and Yitzchak planned to do the same for Esav. …

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Why The Jews are hated

… spelled anti-Semitism) is defined by WIKIPEDIA as a preconception against or hostility towards the Jews, often rooted in hatred of their ethnical background, culture, tradition and/or religion. In its extreme form, it “attributes to the Jews an exceptional position among all other civilizations, defames them as an inferior group and denies their being part of the nations” in which they reside. A person who practices anti-Semitism is called an “anti-Semite.”

Holocaust scholar and

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Borrowed Time

Yair Weinstock

Publisher: Artscroll

Gabi Ben-Dor, a seasoned private eye, is in hot pursuit of a rogue doctor whose negligence has cost lives.

But his investigation is sidetracked by an unfulfilled promise to probe the family secret that left his grandmother an agunah when her young husband was forcibly drafted into the Turkish army, barely a week before the birth of her only child.

Remorse, then fear, then anger drive Ben-Dor to unravel the mystery. Along the way, he crosses swords …

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In the Shadow of the Ladder-Introductions to Kabbalah

… Cohen MBBS (translator), Mark Cohen PhD (translator)

Publisher: Nehora Press

Translated from the Hebrew with additional explanatory chapters.

This is an authentic translation into English of two Kabbalah texts written in Hebrew by the modern Kabbalist, Rabbi Yehudah Lev Ashlag (1886-1955).

What is my essence? Do I have a soul? If I do, why can’t I experience it? Why do I feel alienated? It is with these deeply personal questions that Rabbi Ashlag opens his Introductions. …

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Yirat Shamayim: The Awe, Reverence, and Fear of God

Yirat Shamayim—literally the fear or awe of heaven (God)—is a fundamental concept for Orthodox Jews. Perhaps because it is so basic to their religious life—or perhaps because they would prefer not to think of the radical demands it makes—contemporary Orthodox Jews do not often systematically consider its implications. In this volume, the authors examine from a variety of perspectives what fear of

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Jewish Way in Death and Mourning

Abecassis All Hebrew Haggadah

Maurice Lamm

Publisher: Jonathan David

In an updated version of the classic book published thirty years ago, a noted rabbi explains the differences between law and tradition, as well as between earlier and current practices, observed by Jews in death and mourning.

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The Jewish Mourner’s Companion

Rabbi Zalman Goldstein

Publisher: Rabbi Zalman Goldstein

A Source of Comfort and Practical Guidance for Family and Friends.

This book will guide you through the difficult times of illness and death, presenting Jewish tradition in a way that is both sensitive and instructive. Endorsed by leading rabbis, hospital chaplains, and family counselors, this all-in-one guide will help you know what to do when faced with these life-changing challenges.

Written for

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The Death of Death: Resurrection and Immortality in Jewish Thought

A Passover Ritual for Students of A Course in Miracles

Neil Gillman

Publisher: Jewish Lights

Does death end life, or is it the passage from one stage of life to another? In The Death of Death, noted theologian Neil Gillman offers readers an original and compelling argument that Judaism, a religion often thought to pay little attention to the afterlife, delivers a deathblow to death itself. This new work is an intellectual and spiritual milestone for all of us interested in the meaning of

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Waiting for Rain - Reflections at the Turning of the Year

Bryna Jocheved Levy

Publisher: JPS

In Israel, the High Holiday cycle marks the transition from summer to the rainy season. In Waiting for Rain, the acclaimed teacher Bryna Levy offers a compelling collection of meditations that examine the biblical and liturgical readings associated with the High Holidays, from Rosh Hashanah to Simhat Torah. Based on a series of lectures given in Jerusalem at Matan – the Women’s Institute for Torah …

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Night (Oprah’s Book Club)

Elie Wiesel, Marion Wiesel (translator)

Publisher: Hill and Wang Publishers

A New Translation From The French By Marion Wiesel

Night is Elie Wiesel’s masterpiece, a candid, horrific, and deeply poignant autobiographical account of his survival as a teenager in the Nazi death camps. This new translation by Marion Wiesel, Elie’s wife and frequent translator, presents this seminal memoir in the language and spirit truest to the author’s …

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