Mourn

Filling the Grave

Shoveling dirt onto the coffin is the family's final ritual act of honoring the dead.

Collective Memory Today

Recent historical events have lead to new archetypes.

Non-fixed Fast Days

Judaism has communal fasts that are not on the yearly calendar and numerous occasions when individuals may choose to fast.

The Fast of the First Born

This pre-Passover fast applies to a select few.

The Messianic Society: A Jewish Utopia

In Jewish sources, the ideal Jewish society will be situated in Israel and ushered in by catastrophic events.

Zionist Utopias

Early Zionist thinkers envisioned, in great detail, the perfect human--and Jewish--society.

When Death Occurs

At death, several gestures indicate respect for the deceased as well as acceptance of the reality of death.

The Orphan’s Kaddish

Kaddish Yatom, an Aramaic prayer glorifying God, is recited by mourners.

Jewish Spirituality and the Soul

The idea that the soul is the human instrument of spirituality became more prominent over the course of Jewish history.

The Transmigrating Soul: A Yiddish Folktale

The Transmigrating Soul. Jewish Reincarnation. Jewish Life After Death. Jewish Afterlife and Eschatology. Jewish View on Next Life. Jewish Ideas and Beliefs

Immortality: Belief in a Bodiless Existence

Everlasting life was not always guaranteed to the Jewish soul.

The Afterlife in Judaism: Modern Liturgical Reforms

Amending prayers that mention resurrection to accord with modern sensibilities.