“Waiting around for a funeral feels very weird.”
According to traditional law, Jewish men must be buried with a tallis, or ritual prayer shawl. Read on for how to donate a tallis.
“More and more people are dying, people of all kinds: Sephardim, religious, traditional, Litvishe. There are bodies on top of bodies.”
At this unprecedented moment, even the comforters need special comfort, and even the most stringent of Jewish rules need to bend, if not break.
The Forward takes a look at a tradition thousands of years old following Saturday’s synagogue shooting.
A new nondenominational Jewish burial society has replaced an Orthodox one at a Boston-area Jewish funeral home.
When his cousin died unexpectedly a few years ago, Hal Miller-Jacobs was recruited to oversee the funeral arrangements and wound up helping with the tahara — the traditional preparation of the body for burial.
A new breed of Jewish activists wants to retake control over death practices. Burial society zealots want to push aside the funeral home industry and restore power of communities.
Confronting death, be it timely or untimely, is a terrifying experience. Thank goodness there are Jewish groups who help guide us through the mourning process.
Going to one of Israel’s cemeteries at this time of year is quite an experience. Around the chagim, many people visit the graves of dead forebears. Yet Israel’s cemeteries are commonly large and sprawling and people paying their respects often struggle to find the grave they are looking for. On any given day, in any given cemetery, you will see flocks of visitors roaming around lost. But if some high-tech innovations by burial societies pan out, we may soon be directed to the correct grave by GPS or text message. Chevra Kadisha, in Tel Aviv, has created an SMS grave-locator that tells visitors where graves are located.