When I first decided to do this I knew Rachel’s blog Velveteen Rabbi would be one of the first I would recommend. Her writing is intelligent, clever and captivating. I would like to point you specifically to her post entitled Facing impermenance. I have read this particular post many times and it never fails to move me deeply.
Rachel lives a very productive and busy life. She is a cofounder of inkberry, a poet, a rabbinic student and a hospital chaplain. Her writings about her hospital work are among her best. I’d like to leave you with a quote from Velveteen Rabbi that I think serves as a representative taste of her style and a peek into her heart.
That illness and death provide doorways into holiness and grace. That we have obligations to those who leave, and even greater obligations to those they leave behind. That sometimes there is nothing we can do to ease one another’s pain — but doing that nothing can be the most important work in the world.