Planning for Peace of Mind: The Mitzvah of Crafting Your Ethical Will
Writing an ethical will, a document that includes stories and reflections about your past, is an ancient tradition. It can include joys and regrets, and ultimately becomes both a way to remember a loved one who is gone and a primer on how to live a better, happier life. In conversation with Rabbi Sherre Hirsch, Rabbi Jonathan Aaron will reflect on the themes and lessons he has learned in his many years as a Rabbi and discuss the important mitzvah of writing your own ethical will.
About Planning for Peace of Mind:
Nearly 70% of all funeral arrangements are made by widowed spouses or children at the height of emotional stress and grief after their loss. In this 3-part series, we are joined by Rabbi Jonathan Aaron, Michael Hebb, and Rabbi Jason Weiner for spiritual and practical conversations moderated by Rabbi Sherre Hirsch. We invite you to join in any or even in all of these talks, as we use Jewish wisdom, practice, and comfort to walk you through this inevitable aspect of life.
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Rabbi Jonathan Aaron, Senior Rabbi at Temple Emanuel of Beverly Hills, holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Theater from Emerson College (1983) and earned Masters’ degrees in Jewish Education (1993) and Hebrew Letters (1994) from Hebrew Union College. Ordained as a Rabbi in 1996, he has served the temple as Assistant, Associate, and now Co-Senior Rabbi. Formerly Director of Education and Head of Temple Emanuel Academy Day School, Rabbi Aaron seamlessly blends Judaism with the arts, crafting liturgical music for services and directing intergenerational musicals like “Hyrcanus.” He’s renowned for his contemporary prayer experiences, storytelling of folktales and biblical narratives, and police chaplaincy for Beverly Hills Police Department. A Maple Counseling Center board member and visiting professor at Hebrew Union College, he’s taught speech to rabbinical students for over a decade.
Rabbi Sherre Hirsch has made headlines as the first female rabbi at Sinai Temple, the largest Conservative congregation on the west coast. She served as Senior Rabbinic Scholar at Hillel International, where she created and developed Hillelwell, an initiative for Hillels worldwide to become the recognized address for preventative mental health. A thought leader and author on spirituality and religion, Rabbi Hirsch has appeared on The Today Show, ABC News, Extra, and PBS, among other outlets, and has been a contributor to Time.com, Oprah Magazine, The Jewish Journal, The Hollywood Journal, and more.