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A Yizkor Prayer for Righteous Gentiles

A child of Holocaust survivors, Rani Jaegar composed a yizkor prayer for Righteous Gentiles that is unique and breaks new ground. It tells the story of those who saw suffering and knew how to find their humanity. It remembers that “righteousness is an everlasting foundation” that breaks boundaries.

Yizkor: Remembering Victims of Sexual Assault

Our most holy texts make it clear that we may not stand idly by while violence is perpetrated in our midst.

Yizkor on Memorial Day, by Rabbi Deborah Glanzberg-Krainin, Ph.D.

It took the recitation of Yizkor on Memorial Day to remind me of this important fact: it is incumbent on me as a citizen to take time to reflect and remember.  

Death is in the Details

In the Jewish tradition we have prayers to mark many phases of the grieving process.  We find comfort when we recite El Maley Rachamim at the funeral, kaddish throughout the mourning period, and yizkor prayers at key moments throughout the year.  

Problematic ‘Yahrzeits’: Should We Sing the Melodies of Carlebach?

Honesty about the legacies of those who have caused unrepaired harm is the first step in tending to our communal responsibility to repair the world.

In 2020, Reconstructionist Communities Prove More Vital (and Adaptive) Than Ever

2020 has been a year defined by pandemic, economic collapse, protests for racial justice, political disarray and, in the case of much of the West Coast, catastrophic fires. Yet Jewish life went on, proving to be both adaptable and vital. Reconstructionist congregations have adapted, based on millennia of precedents and an unceasing commitment to community.

Further Reflections on Closing an Apartment/Home After the Death of a Parent(s)

I first suggested a ritual for how we might use Jewish symbols and traditions when faced with closing up the home of a deceased parent shortly after the death of my mother in April 2001.

Are You a Gatekeeper?

Fourteen years ago I accompanied Stephanie to meet with the rabbi of one of the synagogues in my hometown of Minneapolis. It was a unique experience for Stephanie, who lives with cerebral palsy and uses a wheelchair. It was the first time she had been in a synagogue since moving to the Twin Cities fifteen years earlier. 

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