illness

A Missing Friend is a Holy Clue

It turns out that feeling bad can have physical advantages to help heal.

Fighting Cancer The Southern & Jewish Way

Two months ago, something unexpected happened: I found out that I had stage three cancer. Since then, my life has ...

Doctors and Matchmakers: A More Perfect Union?

Everybody wants the best for their children, especially when it comes to marriage. The choice of a spouse by a ...

From Slavery to Freedom, From Grief to Joy

In ten days we will be surrounded by these same boxes in a different house. After nine months of preparation—purging ...

The Ellipsis

No thunder, bolts of lightning, heavenly voices, not even a friendly angel. Nonetheless, a transforming life experience, frozen in time ...

Advice for Friends of the Ailing: Just Be Present.

Recently my email inbox has been filled with updates from three friends who are sick and using Caringbridge.com to update ...

Queer Clergy in Action: Rabbi Elliot Kukla

Welcome to our fifth installment of “Queer Clergy in Action,” spotlighting lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender rabbis and cantors. This ...

Illness: Beyond the Boundary of Faith

Years ago, a Jewish woman, a 15-year survivor of cancer, came to me with a confession. “Rabbi,” she said, “When ...

The Power of Blessing Someone

What is in the power of a name? Why is naming someone in prayer so sacred and moving? I will ...