Rabbi Me’irah Iliinsky received her master’s degree in social work in 1980. She worked for 15 years as a psychotherapist before entering Reconstructionist Rabbinical College, where she received ordination in 2007 along with a Master of Arts in Hebrew Letters. She earned her certificate for four units of Clinical Pastoral Education in 2011 and has served as both a hospital and hospice chaplain. She is also an artist inspired by Medieval illuminated manuscripts and hopes to bring people to Torah through “visual portals to sacred texts.” Sharing her book of paintings entitled Mapping the Journey: The Mourner & the Soul, we will trace the steps of Jewish rituals and traditions regarding death.
"It is at these times that we turn to traditions and rituals for structure, protection and guidance. Despite the enormous variability of death experiences, having a map would assist us in noticing the fact that over time there is change and usually an easing of the pain. I have created just such a map. The concepts in this map are integrated from Jewish tradition, from models of mourning, and from my own personal experience, and experience as a hospital and hospice chaplain. It is not an exhaustive account of the mourning process, nor is it meant to be a scholarly work about mourning or about Jewish beliefs in the afterlife. It is a poetic/ artistic response to our most painful human experience."
Click the link to view a 1-minute introductory video from Rabbi Me'irah Iliinsky: https://drive.google.com/file/d/10rqWf7JtAD_-sM4bNialJZSsl1i1e2by/view
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