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Presence is an active, not passive, activity

December 2, 2013 // 0 Comments

Often we think of “being present” for the other as being available to hear them and be with them.  We say we reach out to them but in reality, we are offering to wait [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

Release and Relief

July 2, 2012 // 0 Comments

Rabbi Jonathan P. Kendall I attended the funeral last month for a woman my age. This, alone, has a way of bringing one’s own mortality into sharp focus. Still, [...]

Unbreakable Bonds

May 28, 2012 // 0 Comments

Rabbi Jonathan P. Kendall, Rabbi Emeritus, Temple Beit HaYam Several years ago I was asked to perform the wedding ceremony for an old friend’s daughter in Los Angeles. I [...]

The Lord giveth…

May 3, 2012 // 0 Comments

Who among us is not familiar with the faith-filled words of Job who, in the midst of crushing despair and loss, utters the famous line, “The Lord giveth, the Lord taketh [...]

Having “the talk”

February 8, 2012 // 0 Comments

Several of my friends who are also caregivers for their elderly parents to one degree or another, kept telling me that I needed to have “the talk” with my parents. “The [...]