The skeptic’s kaddish for the atheist, 51

Eleven months of kaddish recitations ended (blog #45); then twelve months of being considered a mourner according to Jewish tradition (#48); and then came the Hebrew anniversary of Papa's death, after thirteen months (#50). Now: the end of 'The skeptic's kaddish for the atheist' (#51). 51 is a pentagonal number. I inherited an affinity for… Continue reading The skeptic’s kaddish for the atheist, 51

The skeptic’s kaddish for the atheist, 35

https://youtu.be/mNzUH-FskpY My kaddish journey has been uneventful recently. I've settled into my commitment, and the days are going by. On Tuesday, I saw a poster on the building opposite ours indicating that a neighbor had just died. She was a very elderly woman who would often sit on the patio between our buildings in the… Continue reading The skeptic’s kaddish for the atheist, 35

The skeptic’s kaddish for the atheist, 31

https://youtu.be/XjV08jdkK7I Does the traditional recitation of kaddish do honor to the non-believer? I don't see why not, but there are those for whom this is a sticking point. Writer and poet Aurora Levins Morales was uncomfortable with the notion of reciting the traditional kaddish for her atheist father; she instead wrote a personal version of… Continue reading The skeptic’s kaddish for the atheist, 31