Every Person's Guide to Death and Dying
in the Jewish Tradition

Ronald H. Isaacs

Table of Contents

The Sanctity of Life and Death---The Jewish Perspective...
Reality
Simplicity
Community
Before Death
Bikkur Cholim: Visiting the Sick
Vidui: The Confession
Ethical Wills
From Death to Bereavement
Aninut: Exemption from Religious Duties
Who is a Mourner?
When Death Occurs
Caskets
The Funeral
Attending the Funeral of a Non-Jewish Friend or Relative
At the Cemetery: The Burial
Sephardic Burial Customs
Mourning Observances
Paying a Shiva Visit
What One May See in a House of Mourning
Comforting Mourners
The Conclusion of Shiva
Post-Mourning Practices
Shloshim
Mourner's Kaddish
The Tombstone and Marker
The Unveiling
Visiting the Grave
Yahrzeit Anniversary of the Death
Yizkor
Special Situations and Concerns
Suicide
Cremation
Euthanasia
From the Bible
From the Talmud
Codes and Commentaries
Amputated Limbs
Organ Donations
Autopsies
Exhumation
Helping Children Understand Death
Children's Understanding of Death
Attending the Funeral and Burial
Helping a Child Work through His or Her Grief
What Happens After I Die?
The World beyond the Grave
Ideas about Life after death
Influence through Family
Immortality through Influence
Influence through Creative Works
Influence through Memory
Reincarnation
Resurrection
Rationalist View
Notable Quotations and Rabbinic Tales on Death and Dying in Jewish Tradition
Burying the Dead and Comforting the Mourners
World to Come
The Garden of Eden and Gehenna
Angel of Death
Death and Burial of Famous Rabbinic Personalities
Death and Burial of Famous Biblical Personalities
Suicide Taking One's Own Life
Words of Comfort: Readings and Reflections
Mourner's Kaddish
Prayers When Visiting a Cemetery
Psalm 23: The Lord is My Shepherd
In Memory of a Loved One
A Woman of Valor
Psalm 112: Blessed is the Man
Eil Malei Rachamim
Mourner's Kaddish
The Burial Kaddish
Yizkor Remembrance Prayers
Reading a Tombstone

 

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