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Their Bloods Cry Out From the Ground

The team tasked with the ritual preparation of the bodies of the victims of the Pittsburgh massacre lean on thousands of years of Jewish martyrdom

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Gifts of the Body

Amending the Jewish take on organ and whole body donation

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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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Zombies, Vampires, and Things That Come Back to Life: A Rabbi’s Take on Halloween and Beyond

Kids’ fascination with the undead goes far beyond one holiday, but it’s a perfect time to talk about Jewish traditions around death

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Making a Personal Commitment to Care for the Dead—by Singing to Them

Just as we sing lullabies to newborns, I now offer the same loving care as part of my work with a burial fellowship

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Burying a Man of Mystery

By giving a stranger a proper funeral, my community did a mitzvah. What if he wasn’t actually Jewish?

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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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Preparing the Dead

A burial society’s life lessons

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