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Deborah Greene


This year, the Hebrew month of Elul, which precedes the High Holidays, coincides almost exactly with September, which is Suicide Prevention Awareness Month. What do these two months – one in the English calendar, the other in the Hebrew calendar – have in common?

During Elul, we’re encouraged to reflect, opening ourselves up to the difficult task of owning our shortcomings and mistakes. In doing so, we strive to learn from them and enter into the holiest of days ready to be better, do better, and live better.

But that’s not enough.

As we take stock of our individual...

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Whoever saves one life, it is as if he has saved the whole world. – Talmud

Passover is usually one of my favorite holidays. I love the ritual of preparing the house, the smell of the food, and the joyous atmosphere at the seder table.

But this year is different. Passover began only three days after the one-year anniversary of my father’s suicide.

My father was trapped in his own Egypt. The Hebrew word for Egypt, Mitzrayim, is defined as “narrow places or straits” – and that is where my father found himself. At 72 years old, he was in the midst of a deep depression...

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Homeless man with cardboard sign

If there is among you a poor man, one of your brethren…you shall not harden your heart or shut your hand against your poor brother, but you shall open your hand to him, and lend him sufficient for his need, whatever it may be.  Deuteronomy 15:7-10

Before I drove into Boulder yesterday to meet a friend for lunch, I checked the supply of food donation bags in my car. I knew that as I drove around the city, there would be ample opportunities to offer them to people in need.

As I came off of the parkway, two young men stood along the side of the road, cardboard signs in hand...

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