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Jewish Spiritual Parenting

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Latest Blog Posts

Standing for Kaddish That First Time

September 9, 2019

Standing for Kaddish that first time is surreal. This poem captures the multitude of feelings as I stood in temple to recite Kaddish for my father Ken Kipnes. Read more

I Guess. I am. Still. a Mourner. (Thirty days since Dad Died)

September 9, 2019

I am still a mourner. A poem about how my body – tears, trembling shoulders, welling up of emotions – remind me that I am still a mourner. Remembering my father, Ken Kipnes. Read more

Seeking a Minyan in Disneyland (or) Kaddish In a Small World

September 1, 2019

Where do I find a minyan in Disneyland when I need to say Kaddish for my father? Outside It’s a Small World, after all! There, my students ensured I had a community for Kaddish. Read more

Low Level Sadness, the Mourning Heart’s Guest

September 1, 2019

Low level sadness, right beneath the surface, is the constant guest in the heart and mind of the mourner. This poem reflects those feelings during shloshim for my father, Ken Kipnes, Papa. Read more

Shloshim’s Theological Wanderings (or) Asking the Questions I’m Not Ready to Ask

September 1, 2019

A spoken word poem about the theological questions that arise after the death of a loved one. Written as I think about my father Ken Kipnes. Read more

Video: What’s Mourning Like?

August 30, 2019

A video that explores what it feels like to be a mourner, featuring my poem – The Secret Life of a Mourner. Read more

Video: What to Say to a Mourner

August 30, 2019

A video that explores what to say to a mourner. Of particular significance for me since my father Ken Kipnes died. Read more

5 Extra Minutes During Shloshim (An Ode to Not Shaving)

August 28, 2019

A poem about my experience as a mourner following the ritual of not shaving during Shloshim. Read more

The Secret Life of the Mourner

August 25, 2019

A poem about what a mourner experiences, hidden away from the rest of the world, sometimes hidden even from friends or community members Read more