Understanding the Jewish Tradition of Shiva

Jewish funeral traditions

In the Jewish faith, the death of a loved one is followed by specific periods of mourning.   The first such period, known as shiva, begins immediately after the burial ceremony and lasts seven days. During this time, close family members observe certain customs and rituals to honor the deceased and process their grief. This…

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The Legacy and Symbolism of the Star of David in Judaism

Star of David at the entrance of a jewish cemetery in winter.

The Star of David, known in Hebrew as the “Shield of David” or “Magan David,” is an enduring and powerful emblem of the Jewish faith.   This six-pointed star has been a symbol of Jewish identity, culture, and religion for centuries. As we explore the origins, evolution, and significance of this iconic symbol, we uncover…

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Getting Out Of Your Comfort Zone

A White Arrow with the words Comfort Zone written inside, and a Yellow Arrow pointing in a different direction with the word Success written inside.

Personal growth is a journey marked by challenges, triumphs, and the continuous pursuit of self-improvement.  One of the most effective ways to spur this growth is by stepping out of our comfort zones.  When we leave behind the familiar and venture into the unknown, we open ourselves to new experiences, skills, and perspectives that contribute…

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How Will You Be Remembered?

A mans hand holding a cardboard sign that reads What's Your Legacy?

How Will You Be Remembered? Key Questions to Define Your Legacy Developing a meaningful legacy begins with self-reflection.   Below are some important questions to help you shape how you will be remembered: Answering these questions can help you create a blueprint for a legacy that will endure long after you’re gone. Understanding the Elements…

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Nursing Homes Should Have Nurses

A nurse wearing blue scrubs is assisting a lady wearing a yellow dress use a walker.

I admit it. I am old-fashioned.   For some odd reason, I think that if a facility calls itself a “nursing home,” it should always have at least one nurse on the premises.   But, much to my surprise, that isn’t the case.   Is Having a Nurse Present Too Much To Ask? Under current Federal rules and regulations,…

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Funeral Homes Don’t Care Enough To Proofread Their Websites

Blanket with the Virgin Mary marketing to the Jewish community

I was surprised and offended when I visited Beth David Funeral Home’s website yesterday.   Beth David prominently uses Catholic/Christian symbols to market to Jewish customers.  This is a blatant disregard for the sensibilities of their primary Jewish clientele. Beth David’s offense isn’t isolated; a cursory investigation revealed similar offending discrepancies at Eternal Light Cemetery,…

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There is new cure for Sickle Cell Disease

Sickle cell disease are you at risk? with a Yes and No check box.

As long as I can remember, Sickle Cell Disease was a fatal disease that robbed its victims of quality of life before eventually killing them. Approximately 100,000 Americans live with this disease.   Just last week, we cremated a young woman and mother of two who died of Sickle Cell Disease. She suffered her entire life from extraordinary…

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