Do Jews believe in Heaven and Hell? What does Judaism say about reincarnation and life after death? What does Jewish burial and mourning ritual have to teach us about life and death? Join Rabbi Harry in an exploration and survey of Jewish mystical texts and halakha (Jewish law) with the goal of gaining new insight into death and dying and understanding the tremendous wisdom inherent in Jewish mourning practice.
Rabbi Harry Brechner has been the spiritual leader of Emmanu-El Synagogue in Victoria, Vancouver Island for the past 19 years. He is involved with various social action projects and outreach to marginal and vulnerable folk in Victoria, and is a strong supporter of multi-faith and multi-cultural dialogue. Rabbi Harry has worked, both as a pre-school teacher and a special educator. Some of his sundry experiences include commercial fishing in Alaska, trail maintenance in the north east corner of the Cascade Mountains and tying re-bar on construction sites in Seattle, He has also served as a combat medic in the Israel Defense Forces. Rabbi Harry is a mediator and spiritual seeker, who also makes great kosher gumbo and jambalaya.
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