Introducing a Blog to you

Some of you may wonder what I think about at times.... Others may recall that I have been involved in learning and teaching about issues relating to the Jewish approach to the end of life, death, funerals, mourning, and remembrance.

At this juncture, I want to suggest the blog for the organization known as Kavod v'Nichum - Honor & Comfort. You may think it morbid as a topic, but perhaps you will change your mind as you see what appears in that blog. 

The introductory entry describes a little of what the blog intends to talk about. You can find it HERE

From there, you can scroll through the other entries. The ones posted recently tell about Shmirah - Guarding the Body of a Friend; then a story about Taharah - She is Pure; the thoughts of a woman who is a Funeral Director and head of the Chevrah Kadisha - Isn't it Depressing?; and a post that seemed to resonate even more than it would have at other times in light of the news from Israel, about those Taharot that remain in mind for a long-time Chevrah Kadisha member - These I Remember.  

A new entry appears weekly - perhaps you will be interested in visiting to see what is added. 

I hope that you find these stories and this blog Inspiring - not morbid of depressing. 

Rabbi Joe 


A long life, well lived.... Farewell, Milton

Baruch Dayan Haemet (Blessed is the righteous judge.) 

Tomorrow, Friday the 21st of February, 21 Adar 1, 5774, we will be bidding farewell to Milton Perlman, member of Beth El Congregation from the 1960's. Plans were underway to celebrate Milton's 95th birthday in just a few weeks. Milton had been in declining health for the last few years, but was still sharp as a tack and clear witted, and seemed to be in no pain. He could still read (in both English and French) and discuss what he was reading with vigor and enjoyment. 

The service will be at 11 am at the Congregation (Beth El, 830 Old Furnace Road, Harrisonburg VA 22802), immediately followed by interment at the Beth El Cemetery, with all invited by his family to return to the social hall of the congregation to join in the Seu'dah Havra'ah (meal of condolence). 

Milton wanted a simple ceremony, nothing elaborate, and asked that there be no formal Hesped (eulogy); instead, we ask that you come to the gathering in the social hall and share your memories and stories about Milton with the family. 

Milton asked that in lieu of flowers, contributions be made to either the Harrisonburg/Rockingham Free Clinic or Congregation Beth El in his memory.

May the ONE who comforts comfort all his loved ones and all who mourn, and may his memory be for a blessing.

 Milton Perlman, Zichrono Livrachah; March 19, 1919 to February 18, 2014.