Regina Sandler-Phillips

Open Casket: The body of Benjamin Schlesinger, a onetime managing editor of the Forward, is displayed in the lobby of the Forward building in 1932.

The American Jewish Way of Death

Jewish burial has experienced fads throughout history, from a simple pine box to embalmment and back again. The pendulum is still swinging today.

Confronting Cremation

We need a Jewish conversation that speaks to the realities of both cremation and burial. It involves facing death and what it means for our lives, writes Regina Sandler-Phillips.