Death in Jewish Life: Burial and Mourning Customs Among Jews by Stefan C. Reif,Andreas Lehnardt,Avriel Bar-Levav

By Stefan C. Reif,Andreas Lehnardt,Avriel Bar-Levav

Jewish customs and traditions approximately demise, burial and mourning are quite a few, diversified and exciting. they're thought of via many to have a decent pedigree that is going again to the earliest rabbinic interval. on the way to research the exact ancient origins of lots of them, a world convention used to be held at Tel Aviv college in 2010 and specialists handled many elements of the subject. This quantity comprises many of the papers given then, in addition to a number of extra later. What emerges are a wealth of unpolluted fabric and views, in addition to the belief that the excessive heart a long time observed a suite of remarkable thoughts, a few of which later turned vital to standard Judaism whereas others have been steadily deserted. have been those thoughts prompted by means of Christian perform? Which prayers and poems mirror those recommendations? What do the assets let us know approximately altering attitudes to dying and life-after demise? Are tombstones a big advisor to old advancements? solutions to those questions are to be present in this strange, illuminating and readable number of essays which have been good documented, conscientiously edited and good indexed.

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