Mourn

How To Form A New Chevra Kadisha

Rebutting objections to forming or joining a burial society--and practical steps on how to do so.

Death and Mourning: Sources from the Babylonian Talmud

On attending to mourners, anticipating dying, accepting death, and appropriate burial rites.

Living Persons and Organ Donation

Sometimes there is a conflict between the mandate to save lives and the mandate to avoid health risks.

Jewish Views on Organ Donation

Jewish views on organ donation are overridden by a single halakhic (legal) concept: pikuach nefesh—the Jewish obligation to save lives.

Ultra-Orthodoxy and Organ Donation

After learning the results of an experiment involving a decapitated sheep, Rabbi Shlomo Zalman Auerbach decided to permit organ donations.

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.

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.