Articles by Rabbi Jonathan Kendall

Rabbi Jonathan Kendall: Empty Chairs

April 21, 2014 // 0 Comments

A Pesach anecdote: when I became the Senior Rabbi at a large Miami congregation, among my many meetings with the Founding Rabbi Emeritus, the issue of the community Seder [...]

The Eulogy

November 18, 2013 // 0 Comments

A long, long time ago, just on the edge of where memory meets embellishment, I was an Associate Rabbi in Hollywood – not Hollywood, FL, heaven forefend – but the real [...]

To Hospice or Not to Hospice?

September 30, 2013 // 1 Comment

I want to begin this essay with an acknowledgment: I believe hospice performs extraordinary work in life’s final stage. I know that hospice care varies from place to place, [...]

A Good Sense of Humor: Priceless

July 13, 2013 // 0 Comments

I have always felt that laughter – not to be trite – IS the best medicine. Knowing plenty of people who have no senses of humor – as is my lot – I find to be a [...]

The World Shrinks

April 29, 2013 // 0 Comments

There are certain “set pieces,” or repetitive scripts that become a part of every Rabbi’s life. This comes under the heading of REALLY telling tales out of school. Each [...]

Sometimes the Third Ear Actually Works

January 21, 2013 // 0 Comments

This past week I visited a youngish middle-aged woman in the hospital. She had waged war against breast cancer for three difficult, trying years and finally, after genetic [...]
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