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Jewish Death Practices:
Overview / Summary
Origins and History
Visiting the Sick or Dying 

Phases of Death Observance
    Approaching the Time of Death
    Between Death and Burial
    Burial and Cremation 
    Mourning Practices

Spiritual Aspects
Funeral Homes
Funeral Contracts


Chevra Kadisha:
Articles about Chevra Kadisha

Tahara Manuals and Procedures
Tahara Training
Tahara Stories
Tahara Supplies Lists
Funeral Home Supplies


Organ Donation


Infection Control


Next Conference
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Learning & Resources:
Gamliel Institute

KNIT Resource Center
    Contacts for Answers
    Catalog of Articles
    Additional Links

FAQ About Death and Dying
Modern Dilemmas
Guided Learning
Jewish Sources and  Responsa
Synagogue Brochures
Community Education

Jewish Practices

The Attitude Toward Sickness, Dying and Death As Expressed in the Liturgical Works Maavor Yabok and Sefer Hahayiim 

From 1626 Mantua, Italy and and 1717 Amsterdam - [document to the left is in pdf format] - text format without the Hebrew

Rabbi Steven A. Moss

Responsa in War Time

Excerpts regarding death practices from one of the most amazing Jewish historical and religious documents of the 20th century. It contains 22 questions on topics ranging from Tahara and Tachrichim to Kaddish to autopsy and cremation. Detailed answers with text references are included. First published in December 1947.

The Orthodox, Conservative and Reform rabbis on CANRA [Committee on Army and Navy Religious Activities] in reference to the practical problems of Jewish law confronting the Jewish chaplain and his GI congregation

The Scandal of the Jewish Funeral

from the book The Jew in American Life

Rabbi Samuel H. Dresner

Educating Jewish Adolescents to Dying, Death and Bereavement

Translating Jewish Tradition into Educational Resources

Rabbi Joshua Elkin

Jewish Funeral Guide

  Alex Freylicher

Viddui Variations


Alison Jordan

Holidays & Observances On Death and Mourning

for Religious Living on the Web - Overview of traditions with biblical citations

Stephen Butterfass

Jewish Funerals: A Ritual Description


Ruth Langer


A partial index to the Talmud including specific areas of reference to Mourning and Death.

Rabbi Mordechai Torczyner

Jewish Law - Examining Halacha, Jewish Issues and Secular Law

Sponsored by the Orthodox Union and the Aleph Institute - Center for Halacha and American Law - A research center to learn and acquire knowledge.

Edited by Ira Kasden and Nathan Diament

Committee on Jewish Law and Standards and Vaad Halakhah of the Rabbinical Assembly of Israel

32 responsa from the CJLS from 1983 to 2010 and 10 from RA of Israel


CJLS - various authors;
RA of Israel:
Vol. 1 (5746) Alexandra Klein-Franke
Vol. 2 (5747) Rabbi Joseph Heckelman
Vol. 3 (5748-5749) the authors of the responsa
Vol. 4 (5750-5752) Rabbi David Golinkin
Vol. 5 (5752-5754) Rabbi David Golinkin
Vol. 6 (5755-5758) Monique Susskind Goldberg

 Reform Responsa

Provides answers to questions about Reform Judaism and Jewish living - 142 responsa from 1891 to present from Topical Index of Reform Responsa compiled by Rabbi Steven Ross Chatinover from the texts of five sets of responsa

CCAR Responsa Committee, not yet in print NYP.
Teshuvot for the 1990's, edited by W. Gunther Plaut and Mark Washofsky - TFN.
Responsa published in New American Reform Responsa, Solomon Freehof, 1980 - NARR Responsa published in American Reform Responsa, Walter Jacob, ed, 1983 - ARR
Responsa published in Contemporary American Reform Responsa, Walter Jacob, ed., 1987 - CARR

Jewish Funeral Practices Committee of Greater Washington