Jewish End-of-Life Wisdom

Chesed Shel Emet

Chesed Shel Emet:
The Truest Act of Kindness, Exploring the Meaning of Taharah
By Rabbi Stuart Kelman and Dan Fendel

This taharah manual is exceptional in that it helps us understand the liturgy that is the foundation of the taharah ritual itself. […]

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A Plain Pine Box

A Plain Pine Box: A Return to Simple Jewish Funerals and Eternal Traditions
By Rabbi Arnold M. Goodman

This is a powerful story of a cornerstone event in the history of Jewish death practice in America.  It is a must read for all who study the past in order to understand the present.

 

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Nichum Aveilim: A Guide for the Comforter

Nihum Aveilim: A Guide for the Comforter
By Rabbi Stuart KelmanDan FendelRabbi Jason Weiner 

A portable, and practically useful manual for all Jews who deal with comforting others, especially those who are mourning, ill or dying.

 

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Alef Bet of Dying

The Alef-Bet of Death Dying as a Jew:
A Guide for the Dying out of Jewish Traditional Sources
By Rabbi Ariel Stone

An insightful guidebook on the meaning of death, sharing spiritual commentaries, Jewish stories, and other writings to view death through the lens of Jewish culture.

 

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K’vod Hamet

K’Vod Hamet: A Guide for the Bereaved
By Rabbi Stuart Kelman

A practical guide for Jewish end of life customs.

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Divrei Nichum

Divrei Nichum: Comforting Words During Times of Loss
By Rabbi Lisa Rappaport

A lovely book of poetry to help mourners. […]

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And God Created Hope

And God Created Hope
By Rabbi Mel Glazer, z”l

This book provides insights to help us move through and beyond grief while still honoring our loss.

 

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Beside Still Waters

Beside Still Waters: A Journey of Comfort and Renewal
by Rachel Barenblat

This book is a treasury of loving, comforting Jewish wisdom offered to support us in times of loss.

 

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Give Me Your Hand

Give Me Your Hand:

Traditional and Practical Guidance on Visiting the Sick
By Rabbi Stuart Kelman, Jane HandlerKim Hetherington

An easy to use manual for every Jew to understand how best to visit the ill.

 

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