death and mourning

A Valentine’s Day story for you
February 9, 2017

This love story is shareable on so many levels, and not only for Valentine’s Day.

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Renee and Richard: A True Love Story
February 11, 2011
Author: Richard Abend

I never thought I’d get married, for the simple reason that I never thought I would ever meet someone who would love me just for who I am, faults and all. And then I met Renee Shulman…

Renee and I met one afternoon at Queens College through the Hillel group on campus. I was studying geology and had just returned from a field trip. My jeans were filthy and the rest of me wasn’t too clean either. I walked into the room where Hillel was meeting, sort of wondering why I was there. Truth be told, I would have rather been by myself or playing table tennis, but someone had told me I should drop by Hillel and so here I was.

From what I was told later, I understand that Renee, who had been chatting with a group of her girlfriends, stopped mid-conversation when she saw me. Then she pointed me out to her friends and said, “I’m going to marry that guy.” Grubby jeans and all.

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Don’t All Good People Go to Heaven?
February 15, 2008
Author: Matt Sieger

Many people do not believe in a literal heaven so for them, the question “Who goes there?” is moot. The late Dr. Louis Goldberg once told of the time that he went into the store of a Jewish proprietor: He looked so depressed and dejected that I asked him what was wrong. He replied, “I […]

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In the Little Shtetl of Vaysechvoos
January 21, 2008

The tiny, one-room house was dark and musty. Narrow sunbeams poked through the cracks around a small draped window, and near the bed a solitary wick flickered in a little bowl of oil. Ruchelah lay in her bed. She had been infirmed for years, barely able to move or sit up, much less stand or […]

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An Excerpt from Renee and Richard: A True Love Story
April 1, 2005
Author: Richard Abend

The following are excerpts from an article that appeared in the February edition of ISSUES, our bimonthly publication for Jewish seekers. I never thought I’d get married, for the simple reason that I never thought I would ever meet someone who would love me just for who I am, faults and all. And then I […]

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My Father’s Secret, My Story
July 1, 2003

A Jewish woman stumbles across a biblical discovery her father made before he passed on.

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Remembering September 11: Reflections from a Messianic Jewish Perspective
January 1, 2002

Six interviews from Messianic Jewish Americans about 9/11.

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Breaking and Entering: Thoughts on Suffering

When someone’s home is robbed, the victims often say they feel as though their house will never be the same again, as if the intruder has left a permanent scar upon a place once considered safe. Many of us felt that same sense of violation when our security and stability were violently stolen on September […]

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What Do We Do With Yizkor?
August 1, 1998
Author: Stephen Katz

What childhood images do the High Holidays stir in your memory? I remember my impatience over the seemingly endless synagogue services balanced with the excitement of knowing something special was happening. Then there was the unusual sight of Jews in uniform, piling in from a nearby naval base to worship with us. They helped pack […]

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In this World You Will Have Trouble…
September 1, 1995
Author: Daniel Botkin

While hard times are inevitable, some reflections on how God is ready to meet us personally.

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Questions and Answers on Jewish Law and Tradition Concerning Death
April 1, 1995

Why does Jewish law require that the deceased be buried within twenty-four hours of death? Are any exceptions allowed? The biblical basis for this law is questionable, as a portion of Deuteronomy 21:23 is cited: His body shall not remain overnight…, but you shall surely bury him that day.” If you read the command in […]

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The Facts of Death

Some believe that we are the same as other Jews and have merely added our faith in Jesus as an extension of Judaism. This is not true! Our faith in Yeshua causes us to be different in many ways, and those differences are not insignificant. They are matters of life and death.… I was too […]

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An Age-Old Challenge
January 1, 1990

Growing old is no joy, but Pearl Weinberg hadn’t realized how awful it could be until the death of her beloved Jacob. Two years had passed, but she often forgot Jacob was gone and set the table for two or bought herring (which she had never liked!) because it was a favorite of his. It […]

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So Where Do We Go From Here?
July 1, 1986

Death. Can any experience be more final? Obituary notices placed in the Jerusalem Post read: Sarah is no more.” “Jacob has departed from us.” These words, while not intended to cause consternation, leave a person empty, haunted with the question: “Where did they go? Where will I go? Who can know?” Most people rationalize the […]

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The Final Encounter?
January 1, 1984

Mankind has been confronted with the experience of death since the beginning of time, and yet there is hardly another subject about which we know so little. Modern man chooses to escape from the awesome awareness of his own mortality and seeks ways to isolate himself from those approaching death. Why is this? The Scriptures […]

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An Unopened Letter to My Father

The following letter by Stuart to his father was written on Stuart’s 36th birthday. Dear Dad: Today marks the 36th anniversary of that rainy, chaotic, joyful day when (as you told me so many times) you drove on Brooklyn’s streets and sidewalks, past hurricane-felled trees, to get Mom to the hospital so that a doctor, […]

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Through Death’s Door: and Back!
Author: Lyn Mann

Through Death’s Door—and Back! by Lyn Mann This article originally appeared in ISSUES 3:3 I was a very fortunate person. I had a loving husband, children who were a source of joy and satisfaction, a beautiful home, a profession as a teacher who loved teaching. Most importantly, I had a relationship with God. To me, […]

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Death Ward: By a Nurse Who Worked There
Author: Martha Jacobs

Many of the people who came in, both young and old, never left. In some rooms the stench of death hovered with gruesome anticipation over the frames that still breathed: sturdy bodies grown frail, once healthy complexions now pale and sallow. I watched families leave weighted down by grief over the loss of their loved […]

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Life After Life?
January 1, 1982

Is there life after death? Throughout history, men of every nation and culture have been intrigued with this notion. The Jewish Scriptures, the Tenach,have a great deal to say about life, resurrection and eternity. For most of my life I believed once someone died, that was it—six feet under the ground and a state of […]

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I Remember
Author: Susan Perlman

Birth I remember sitting on daddy’s lap my pretty one” he used to say “give daddy a nice big kiss” I’d smile, put my chubby arms around his neck real tight then plant a big messy kiss on his rough cheek I remember the first day of school, boy was I scared we lined up […]

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In the Midst of Sorrow
January 1, 1981

Each Jew must develop some personal perspective on the horrors of Nazi Germany. Different conclusions have been drawn, and they are reflected in the literature of post-Holocaust Western Jewry. Rather than generalize about various responses, I would like to deal with just one—that of the poet Jacob Glatstein. Jacob Jacob Glatstein came to the United […]

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Without Jews

Without Jews there is no Jewish God. If we leave this world The light will go out in your tent. Since Abraham knew you in a cloud, You have burned in every Jewish face, You have glowed in every Jewish eye, And we made you in our image. In each city, each land, The Jewish […]

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Where was God When the Six Million Died?

God was mourning over the dead, the persecuted, those whose minds were scrambled with the lust for power. God was suffering along with every humiliation and each act of violence. God was weeping over the lost souls who were hurled namelessly into eternity. WHY DID GOD JUST SIT BACK AND LET IT HAPPEN? WHY DIDN’T […]

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