Mourn

Death and Special Issues of the Body

An overview of autopsy, organ donation, and cremation in Jewish tradition and practice.

Jewish Attitudes Toward Death

A brief summary of traditional Jewish views of death--including its tragedy and its inevitability.

Confronting Death Before Death Confronts Us

Why we are afraid to think about death--and why we must.

Death and Birth

What it means to enter this world in the same way as we leave it.

The Ethics of Burial and Mourning

The Jewish approach to death and mourning reflects a two-part ethic: the equal treatment of rich and poor in death, and the importance of channeling, and then limiting, our mourning.

Burial and Mourning: A Liberal Approach

The questions that a liberal Jew asks when a loved one dies often go beyond the strict requirements of Jewish law.

Spiritual Preparation for Death

Some Hasidic rebbes taught their disciples not only how to live, but also how to die.

Social Action Aspects of Death and Mourning

Giving charity, time, and effort is a traditional and significant way of honoring the memory of one who has died.

Misgivings and Misconceptions

Though most rabbinic authorities allow organ transplants, the Jewish community has a poor track record when it comes to donations.

Yizkor: The Jewish Memorial Service

The memorial service is added to the holiday cycle four times a year

The Purpose of Memory

Yizkor and Memory, The Purpose of Memory. Jewish Memorial Service. Jewish Holiday Prayers.

Halakhic Questions about Organ Transplants

What are the Jewish legal issues with organ transplantation?