During my first shift sitting shmira with a body awaiting burial, I felt sad, guilty, anxious—and grateful
What would Jewish law have to say about alleged Boston Marathon bomber Tamerlan Tsarnaev’s burial?
Without ritual and prayer, grief for a lost loved one has no place to go. But can a convert to Judaism observe yahrzeit for a non-Jewish parent?
My father died on Sept. 9, 2001. The terrorist attacks two days later delayed his burial, a violation of Jewish law, but ultimately at least made me feel less alone in my grief.
Plus no more dough for Abramoff, and more
A visit to New York’s Mount Carmel Cemetery highlights how far American Jews have drifted from their immigrant ancestors, geographically and ritually
A tour through a collection of Jewish funerary objects
How to reconcile religious prohibitions on autopsies with the need to determine a cause of death
Crises face the newly departed
On a northern Atlantic shore, I discovered how to mourn—and honor—my brother