Sando Botticelli Painting

THE HOUSE OF HILLEL & THE HOUSE OF SHAMMAI Every Jew has heard the ancient stories of the Houses of Hillel and Shammai and their opposing views in the early codification of Jewish law. We learned that Rabbi Hillel and Rabbi Shammai disagreed on virtually everything.  They even disagreed about whether it was wrong to…

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Eva Cassidy

EVA CASSIDY: WHAT A WONDERFUL WORLD: I have always wondered, what do people think and feel when they know that they are going to die? I understand that we are all going to die sooner or later, but some people have a pretty good idea of when they will leave this life and enter the…

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Pain vs Suffering: Pain and dying are not the same as suffering.

THE NATURE OF SUFFERING. A few months ago a friend told me about the lessons he learned as a teenager from his then terminally ill father.  My friend said that when his father was dying he said that sickness, pain and dying are not the same as suffering.  According to my friend, as far back…

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Spirituality Life and Well-Being

WHAT DO WE KNOW ABOUT LIFE AND SPIRITUALITY? It may seem unusual that our funeral home has chosen to publish articles focused on spirituality, life, and well-being, but to us, it is natural that we talk about life and not death. After all, we can’t imagine that a lot of our clientele will be reading…

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