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There are some mourners who turn to cremation as an alternative to burial. In this lesson, we will discuss the importance of burial both for the soul and the ones they leave behind. We will also learn how burial allows the soul to ascend to heaven untethe...
It’s important to know what Judaism says on how to properly attend to the deceased from the time of death to burial. Rabbi Elchonon Zohn, a renowned expert on Jewish burial in our tradition, clarifies the matter.
Parshah Curiosities: Vayechi
Conventional wisdom says that the ideal place for a Jew to be buried is in the land of Israel, yet upon examining classic Torah sources, we surprisingly discover that it’s not that simple—there seems to be conflicting Torah traditions…
A Jewish View
Author Doron Kornbluth, who spent over three years studying the subject, talks about the reasons some people choose cremation, and explains why throughout history Judaism and Jews have insisted on burial.
Practical Parshah—Chayei Sarah
Abraham’s response to the loss of his wife, Sarah, teaches us how to properly honor those who have passed on.
Making the Proper Preparations for Loved Ones
Rabbi Zohn presents the Jewish view on death, burial and the afterlife, and how to pragmatically prepare for it in the Jewish tradition.
Why eggs and bagels? Do you really need to cover the mirrors? And what’s up with passing the shovel?
Understanding the mitzvah of burial on five levels
Memorializing our loved ones is an ongoing process that doesn’t end with shiva. In this lesson, we will discuss the best way to help the deceased’s memory live on, how to create spiritual memorials, and the meaning behind the Kaddish prayer. Judaism views...
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