Grave headstone with rocks on top

Walking through a traditional Jewish cemetery reveals scores of stones that have been placed upon the headstones and graves of the deceased. But why are these stones on Jewish graves and who put them there? The stones found on Jewish grave markers signify that someone came to visit the grave and is intended as a…

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Pic of DNA

A simple mouth swab and collection of a few hair follicles after you have died can save generations of your descendants from early death.  The miracle of modern medicine makes this possible.  It is called post-mortem DNA testing and Kronish Funeral Services is now arranging this life-saving service for its customers.  Even after death, Kronish…

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Open Torah

The Sages Say PrePlan Your Funeral For A Long Life During the strain of the COVID-19 crisis, many people are having a hard time planning for their funeral.  The topic of death is something we are all dealing with on a day to day basis and in many ways, the issue raises raw emotions among…

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Pill Bottle Spilled

COVID-19 has changed the way we shop, and that includes how prescription drugs are purchased.  Many of us are purchasing drugs through the internet and having them delivered to our homes. While convenient, online pharmacies present new risks.  The problem created by online pharmacies is the loss of the last line of protection – the…

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I have suffered the loss of close family members, and, while I have gotten used to the passing of my loved ones, I have never gotten over it. Some days, it seems to me that the funerals of my parents, Aunts and Uncles, Nephew and close friends were just yesterday, and I am overwhelmed with…

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Air transport luggage

TRANSPORTATION OF THE DECEASED: That was my wife’s fear when her mother passed away in Florida. We needed to transport her up north for burial and we worried that she would get “lost”.   My wife was sure that if the airline could lose her luggage, then they could do the same with her mother.…

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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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