Last week I decided to research the Torah’s approach to coping with death, loss and bereavement. I spent time studying many different Biblical sources, as well as Talmudic ones, narratives replete with the personification of the Angel of Death as well as the rabbis’ perspective on consolation.
I re-read many narratives that I have studied previously, but this time through the prism of loss and mourning.
Just to name a few examples: Cain and Abel. And Eve, a bereaved mother’s response: the conception and birth of Seth.
Abraham’s prayers on behalf of Sodom and Gomorrah and the story of Lot.