The Jewish Rites of Death and Mourning: An Overview
by Rabbi Debra Orenstein

In memory of Mike Hiller and Ruth Avergon

This comprehensive article covers the rites of burial and mourning in the Jewish tradition, illuminating the meaning behind the rituals.

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The subjects of death and mourning are also covered extensively on our CD offerings, including Reb Zalman Prays (Yizkor), Reb Zalman Teaches (Spirit Beyond Body, Being Afraid to Die), Compassion Constantly (Suicidal Thoughts, Crisis as Blessing), Transformation Now (Why We Are Here, Destiny & Free Will), and Awe Always (Length of Days, Time).