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Themes in Death and Mourning

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.

The Deaths Of Two Hasidic Masters

These stories are passed on as teachings about how to die.

A Yizkor prayer for stillborn and infant deaths

A contemporary rabbi offers a prayer to be recited throughout the year by parents who have suffered neonatal loss.

About Death & Mourning

About Death and Mourning in the Jewish community.

Death and Special Issues of the Body

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

Tradition and Compassion

Some traditional Jewish authorities condemn homosexuality, while advocating compassion for individual gays and lesbians.

Female Homosexuality in Judaism

The Torah does not address lesbianism, but later rabbinic commentators frowned upon it.

Traditional Sources on Sex Outside Marriage

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.

The God Of Isaac

As Jacob descends to Egypt he calls on the God of Isaac to assure him that this decision is correct.

Genetic Diseases in Traditional Jewish Sources

Rabbinic authorities have always been aware of heredity and genetic disease.

The Genome Project and Jewish Law

Does the genome project take imitatio dei too far--beyond imitating God, to playing God?

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.