Reading Torah Through Grief

Parashat Tetzaveh: Carrying Our Loved Ones in Our Hearts

The priestly garments provide a guide on how we can remember.

Parashat Mishpatim: Finding the Ecstatic in the Everyday

This Torah portion reminds us to appreciate the mundane moments.

Parashat Yitro: Merged Memories

In Moses and Jethro, we can see a model of transformational relationships ⁠— and losses.

Parashat Beshalach: Their Past Is Always Present

Our loved ones may physically pass on, but like Joseph, their presence reverberates in us and in the generations to come.

Parashat Bo: An Unprecedented Journey

We can learn from Moses when we are forced to take an unprecedented journey through grief.

Parashat Vaera: Honesty, Not Silence

God knows we need to question God, as Moses did centuries ago.

Parashat Shemot: Growing into New Roles

Like the characters in this Torah portion, we can fill the vacant roles left by our loss and grow into new ones.

Parashat Vayechi: Integrating the Past into the Present

“May God make you like Ephraim and Menashe” (Genesis 48:20). Parents routinely offer this blessing on Shabbat at the Friday night dinner ...

Parashat Vayigash: Forgiveness Over Blame

Joseph shows us how to exit the emotional labyrinth of grief by embracing forgiveness over blame.

Parashat Miketz: Reframing Loss

We can choose how we respond to situations over which we have no control.

Parashat Vayeshev: From Apathy to Empathy

Experiencing loss can enable us to better relate to the pain of others.