Kaddish's farewell episode, recorded live at Kol Tzedek at the Calvary Center for Culture and Community on July 6 in Philadelphia, PA. With guests Evi Numen and Chirstopher Bartlett, poet Noor Jaber, and musicians Dan Blacksberg, Dot Levine, and Rachel Winsberg.Read More
In this episode of Kaddish, listeners share their stories of chosen family and grieving the losses of loved ones.
Where is there room in the Jewish tradition to honor the role that chosen family, logical family, plays in our lives? How have others mourned the losses of chosen family?Read More
Rev. Naomi Washington-Leapheart and Christa Craven discuss queer reproductive loss in episode 5. They weave the body and spirit into our imaginings of what reproductive loss is- something that happens to queer bodies, and in queer families. Click through for a bonus long-cut with Rev. Naomi Washington-Leapheart.Read More
Jacqui Morton shares her story of reproductive loss, and the founding of Holding Our Space (holdingourspace.tumblr.com)Read More
In this episode of Kaddish, guests Dr. Joy Ladin and Noach Dzmura discuss transgender taharah, the ritual washing of the dead before burial.
"It takes some strength of soul and not just individual strength but collective understanding to avoid the void. And to stand up demanding to be seen and heard." Adrienne Rich
November 15 is Trans Day of Resilience: tdor.co
November 20 is Trans Day of Rememberence: tdor.info
What is it about the taharah ritual that can transition a person from this world to the next? And why does it necessitate gallons of water? Rabbi Linda Holtzman, founder of the Reconstructionist Chevra Kadisha of Philadelphia joins Kaddish to talk about the origins of the local progressive community that washes and prepares the dead for burial. David Zinner, Executive Director of Kavod v'Nichum and the Gamliel Institute shares historical and contemporary context of the ritual.Read More
This episode features the health, teaching, and sickness of Megan Andelloux, sex educator and hospice volunteer. This episode explores dementia, hospice, and advance directives. Ariana is also joined by Obadia, who shares about their advance directive and end of life planning, and Rabbi Amy Goodman of Hebrew Senior Life shares about hospice.Read More
In the first mini-episode of Kaddish, Rabbi Ariana explores a myth of the origins of the mourner’s prayer, the power of public mourning, and interviews the poet and liturgist Elliott Bat Tzedek. Elliot shares about the “liturgical field” in which the mourner’s prayer is said, and her sound-based translation of the Aramaic into an English re-imagining.Read More