Guarding the Dead

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

Even Criminals Rest in Peace

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

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?

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.

Sundown: Famous Last Words

Plus no more dough for Abramoff, and more

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

Morbid Curiosities

A tour through a collection of Jewish funerary objects

Body Image

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

Death Penalty

Crises face the newly departed

Among Rocks and Stones

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

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