The misguided belief that one needs all body parts intact to be resurrected may contribute to the poor rate of organ donation--even for Jews with otherwise untraditional beliefs.
Rebutting objections to forming or joining a burial society--and practical steps on how to do so.
On attending to mourners, anticipating dying, accepting death, and appropriate burial rites.
Sometimes there is a conflict between the mandate to save lives and the mandate to avoid health risks.
Jewish views on organ donation are overridden by a single halakhic (legal) concept: pikuach nefesh—the Jewish obligation to save lives.
After learning the results of an experiment involving a decapitated sheep, Rabbi Shlomo Zalman Auerbach decided to permit organ donations.
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.
The questions that a liberal Jew asks when a loved one dies often go beyond the strict requirements of Jewish law.