Holding On, Letting Go

By Richard Hirsh

Josh Rolnick, The Sh'ma Institute, April 2010

Through the lens of the midrash about Abraham destroying the idols in his father's shop, Hirsh writes about closing his mother's home after her death. He links the question of whether to keep or discard each object to the distinction between symbol and sign, so that in an attempt to maintain memories, what was once thought to be an idol turns out to be a symbol. In the midrash and in life, the bond between parent and child inevitably must be sundered.

Topic: Death and Mourning, Jewish Text, Family

Name of Publication: Sh'ma: A Journal of Jewish Ideas

Editor: Berrin, Susan

Volume/Issue: Vol.40/no.669

Page Number(s): 20-21

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Genre: Article

Coverage: United States

Language: English

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Hirsh, Richard. Holding On, Letting Go. Sh'ma: A Journal of Jewish Ideas. Josh Rolnick, The Sh'ma Institute. April 2010: 20-21. http://www.bjpa.org/Publications/details.cfm?PublicationID=7920


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