The Shiva Bag and Friendship

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It’s called the Shiva bag. Shiva: The period of mourning in the Jewish religion immediately following burial of a loved one is known as shiva (seven, because it lasts seven days). Shiva is observed by parents, children, spouses and siblings of the deceased, preferably all together in the deceased's home. Shiva begins on the day of burial.) I don't remember when if first … [Read more...]

What’s God Got to Do With It?

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  I didn't want to talk anymore about the election, but there's something that's been really upsetting me about the aftermath. I understand that there are a lot of people - 49% of the country, in fact - who aren't happy with the outcome. And I understand that those people need to express their disappointment in the outcome, and need to do it in a way that makes sense to … [Read more...]