By Stefan C. Reif,Andreas Lehnardt,Avriel Bar-Levav

Jewish customs and traditions approximately loss of life, burial and mourning are a number of, varied and interesting. they're thought of by means of many to have a good pedigree that is going again to the earliest rabbinic interval. with a view to research the exact historic origins of a lot of them, a world convention used to be held at Tel Aviv college in 2010 and specialists handled many features of the subject. This quantity comprises lots of the papers given then, in addition to a couple of extra later. What emerges are a wealth of unpolluted fabric and views, in addition to the belief that the excessive heart a while observed a suite of remarkable ideas, a few of which later grew to become imperative to conventional Judaism whereas others have been progressively deserted. have been those techniques inspired by way of Christian perform? Which prayers and poems mirror those recommendations? What do the assets let us know approximately altering attitudes to loss of life and life-after demise? Are tombstones a tremendous consultant to old advancements? solutions to those questions are to be present in this strange, illuminating and readable number of essays which were good documented, rigorously edited and good indexed.

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