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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

Traditional 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 - Note that this document 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 20thcentury. 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

An Exploration of Alternatives for Educating Jewish Adolescents to Dying, Death and Bereavement:

Translating Jewish Tradition into Educational Resources

Rabbi Joshua Elkin

Images From a Bygone Ghetto-Life

The Chevra Kaddisha in Moravia in the early 1800's.

Ignaz Briess

Webshas - Death and Mourning

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

Rabbi Mordechai Torczyner

Jewish Law Case Summaries - Burial

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

Holidays & Observances On Death and Mourning

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

Stephen Butterfass

Jewish Funeral Practices Committee of Greater Washington