Posts from the ‘Family’ category

Life cycle events, love and family healing.

Travel to an Unexpected Family Emergency

One Friday morning I called my daughters to tell them: “Your mom’s going to die today.” We faced harrowing cross-country trips to be at Ami’s z”l…

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Shemot 5775: In Praise of Adoption

Exodus begins with extraordinary examples of care for children: midwives Shiphrah and Puah refuse Pharoah’s order to kill newborn males; then, Moses is adopted by Pharaoh’s daughter and nursed…

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Vayechi 5775: On the Birth of a Child

In Vayechi, Jacob “blesses” his children. They read like praises for some and curses for others. This is consistent with the parenting skills exhibited in Genesis,…

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Mikeitz 5775: For Our Brothers

This is a prayer for our brothers. In this week’s Torah reading Mikeitz, Joseph begins the process of testing his brothers to see if they have changed.…

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Vayishlach 5775: Family Healing

In this week’s Torah portion, Jacob attempts to reconcile with his brother. This is a prayer for healing family wounds. Much as Jacob prepared to encounter…

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To Adopt a Child

This is a prayer to be used by those seeking to adopt a child. It’s a new prayer in the general theme of the journey to parenthood. Nine pregnancy…

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Mother’s Meditation

This prayer is to be said by mothers with children who have begun their independent lives. It’s the companion piece to “Father’s Meditation.” The two prayers…

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Father’s Meditation, Revised

This prayer is to be said by fathers with children who have begun their independent lives. It’s a revision to a prayer of the same name.…

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Vayigash 5773: Dear Brother, Dear Sister

“Then Joseph could not refrain himself before all them that stood by him; and he cried: ‘Cause every man to go out from me.’ And there…

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Shabbat Blessing for Children Who Have Left Home

One of my great joys of parenthood is putting my hands on my daughters’ heads and blessing them. As they went off to college and to…

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