MARCH 2009

Rabbi Pearl Barlev

Spiritual Care Featured in Film

Rabbi Pearl Barlev, one of the hospital chaplains in the Department of Spiritual Care, was recently featured in the documentary “Where the Ocean Meets the Sky.” The film explores the annual Buddhist ritual of Lantern Floating, where lanterns bearing lit candles and the names of the deceased are released into the ocean at night from a beach in Honolulu. This unique ritual serves to memorialize lost loved ones and brings hope, comfort and healing to those who are grieving.

“This film is an example of the interfaith collaboration that supports our Department of Spiritual Care’s multi-faith approach and of the power of ritual. We hope it will inspire those who have lost loved ones to draw on its possibilities. It speaks to the connection across faith traditions and addresses the humanity of us all, Rabbi Barlev says.

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