Rabbi Anne Brener brought her insights, compassion and wisdom to Beit Ahavah last week in a workshop about “Navigating the Wilderness of Loss: The Geography of Jewish Mourning. ”
It has been a difficult year for our community. In that sense, Rabbi Brener’s workshop was well-timed to help us learn and think about individual and community healing.
As Rabbi Jack Riemer wrote in the foreward to Rabbi Brener’s book, Mourning and Mitzvah: “It is hard to work through one’s grief when there are so many cover-ups and so many different kinds of denial at work within the culture. And that is why this book is of so much importance. Anne Brener has crafted a walkway through the valley of the shadow of death. The walkway has thorns and bramble bushes on it but it leads to the other side, beyond grief, for those who are willing to stay the course. ..”