Rabbi Rachel Barenblat and Bayit: Your Jewish Home are publishing a new anthology of traditional and new Jewish liturgy about grief and mourning. Beside Still Waters: a journey of comfort and renewal is a book for mourners, for those who will become mourners, and for those anticipating their own journey out of this life. It offers liturgy both classical and contemporary, from prayers for healing (even when “cure” may be out of reach) and prayers to recite before dying, to prayers for every stage of mourning: from aninut (between death and burial), to shiva (the first week of mourning), to shloshim (the first month), the culmination of the first year, yahrzeit (death-anniversary) and yizkor (times of remembrance). It also contains prayers for a variety of spiritually difficult circumstances (miscarriage, stillbirth, suicide, when there is no grave, mourning an abusive relationship, etc.)
In it is Fringes founder Elliott batTzedek’s adaptation of the mourner’s kaddish, “So often am I lost.”
The book will be published on December 3rd, 2018, and can be pre-ordered on the Bayit website.