Reading Torah Through Grief

Parashat Devarim: Anticipatory Grief

This week’s Torah portion, Devarim, is always read on the Shabbat prior to Tisha B’Av, the fast day commemorating the ...

Parashat Pinchas: Transitions and Transmissions

This Torah portion focuses on teachings and transmissions through generations.

Parashat Chukat-Balak: The Importance of Place

Talking about the death and burial of those who came before us can also make it a bit easier to talk about the mortality of those close to us.

Parashat Korach: Running Toward Death

In Parashat Korach, we learn about a rebellion by Korach and 250 other community leaders who accuse Moses and Aaron ...

Parashat Sh’lach: Dreams and Disappointments

What is this generation of Israelites to do in the face of a collective terminal diagnosis?

Parashat Beha’alotcha: Postponed Obligations

In Parashat Beha’alotcha, God tells Moses to instruct the Israelites to offer the Passover sacrifice on the 14th day of ...

Parashat Nasso: Finding Peace

Giving ourselves time to grieve can lead us to a place where we feel God’s blessings.

Parashat Bamidar: The Loss of a Generation

The Book of Numbers is a gentle reminder to listen to the elders still among us.

Parashat Behar-Bechukotai: God In Our Grief

Where is God when we are grieving after the bad things happen?

Parashat Emor: Teach Your Children Well

Parashat Emor focuses on the laws of the priesthood, sacred donations to the Temple and the calendar of sacred festivals. ...

Parashat Achrei Mot-Kedoshim: Space to Grieve

This week’s Torah reading is a double portion composed of Achrei Mot (“After the Death” ) and Kedoshim (“Holiness”). The ...

Parashat Tazria-Metzora: Healing From the Mysterious and Incomprehensible

The biblical practice of tzaarat offers insights into the grieving process.