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A time to listen

It's very hard to know what to say at a time like this. In Jewish tradition, when we visit a mourner, we don't start a conversation. Our offer of comfort is to be present, and to listen. That is easy to forget when we ourselves are so shaken that we need to be comforted. All of us need that right now. No one is untouched by what is happening.

"It is always difficult to know what to do or say in the presence of death and mourners. Our tradition teaches us to withhold the natural human impulse to judge, describe, or explain. To resist the desire to comfort ourselves with our own well-meant words, and instead, to listen."

I think that is a good practice for right now.

Read this whole article by Rabbi Shulamait Ambalu at The Movement for Reform Judaism - A Time to Listen

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