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Guarding the Dead

During my first shift sitting shmira with a body awaiting burial, I felt sad, guilty, anxious—and grateful

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Even Criminals Rest in Peace

What would Jewish law have to say about alleged Boston Marathon bomber Tamerlan Tsarnaev’s burial?

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Memorial Day

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?

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Grounded

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.

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Sundown: Famous Last Words

Plus no more dough for Abramoff, and more

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Visiting the Dead

A visit to New York’s Mount Carmel Cemetery highlights how far American Jews have drifted from their immigrant ancestors, geographically and ritually

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Morbid Curiosities

A tour through a collection of Jewish funerary objects

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Body Image

How to reconcile religious prohibitions on autopsies with the need to determine a cause of death

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Death Penalty

Crises face the newly departed

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Among Rocks and Stones

On a northern Atlantic shore, I discovered how to mourn—and honor—my brother

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