Though traditional sources on the laws of mourning are quite detailed and specific, an acquaintance with this legal literature reveals a number of overarching themes and principles.
These stories are passed on as teachings about how to die.
A contemporary rabbi offers a prayer to be recited throughout the year by parents who have suffered neonatal loss.
About Death and Mourning in the Jewish community.
An overview of autopsy, organ donation, and cremation in Jewish tradition and practice.
Some traditional Jewish authorities condemn homosexuality, while advocating compassion for individual gays and lesbians.
The Torah does not address lesbianism, but later rabbinic commentators frowned upon it.
While the Torah does not forbid premarital sex, the rabbis of the talmudic era prohibited it--but one modern authority proposed a sanctioned form of exclusive sexual relationship outside of marriage.
As Jacob descends to Egypt he calls on the God of Isaac to assure him that this decision is correct.
Health & Wellness
Rabbinic authorities have always been aware of heredity and genetic disease.
Does the genome project take imitatio dei too far--beyond imitating God, to playing God?
The questions that a liberal Jew asks when a loved one dies often go beyond the strict requirements of Jewish law.