Jewish Insights on Death and Mourning [NOOK Book]

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Forward by Sherwin B. Nuland

As Jack Riemer demonstrates in this collection of Jewish resources for mourning and healing, the Jewish tradition has much to offer those who seek its help in time of need. Here are personal as well as practical writings by contemporary authors about the Shivah period, Kaddish, Yizkor, Yahrzeit, and less familiar practices to honor the dead and comfort the living. Some writers describe new rituals that were created...
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Jewish Insights on Death and Mourning

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Overview

Forward by Sherwin B. Nuland

As Jack Riemer demonstrates in this collection of Jewish resources for mourning and healing, the Jewish tradition has much to offer those who seek its help in time of need. Here are personal as well as practical writings by contemporary authors about the Shivah period, Kaddish, Yizkor, Yahrzeit, and less familiar practices to honor the dead and comfort the living. Some writers describe new rituals that were created to fill special needs. Others raise questions about the tradition: Do Jews believe in an afterlife? How do we mourn the stillborn child? Should we always strive to prolong life? Reflections on these and other issues related to death and dying make this an indispensable resource for coping with some of life's most difficult and sacred moments.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780307828255
  • Publisher: Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group
  • Publication date: 11/28/2012
  • Sold by: Random House
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 400
  • Sales rank: 1,262,913
  • File size: 3 MB

Meet the Author

Jack Riemer is the rabbi of Congregation Beth Tikvah in West Boca Raton, Florida.
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Table of Contents

Acknowledgments xi
Foreword xv
Preface xix
Introduction: Jewish Insights on Death 3
Part 1 Answers 21
1. What I Have Learned from Illness 23
To Wake Up in the Hospital Early in the Morning 24
Coronary Connections: From a Hospital, Some Secrets of the Heart Revealed 24
A Wake-up Call 33
In Praise of Denial 35
A Small Miracle Happened Here 37
Charlie and the Angel of Death 40
2. When Death Arrives 48
Like Removing a Hair from Milk 49
Rabbi Salanter's Last Night 49
Prelude 50
The Power of Music at the End 51
Should We Tell the Patient the Truth? 57
Let Them Know What You Want 59
The Traditional Vidui 61
Kayla's Prayer 62
Saying Goodbye 68
Letting Go 73
A Prayer for Health-Care Providers to Offer When a Patient Dies 78
3. Hevra Kadisha: The Holy Society 81
A Sacred Duty 82
The Burial Society 83
How Tradition Brought One Community to Life 92
Bubby's Last Gift 101
4. The Burial 108
What Rabban Gamliel Did 108
The Funeral of Franz Josef 109
Suggestions to Those Who Plan My Funeral 110
A Rabbi's Ethical Will 113
No Burden Too Heavy 118
Keri'ah: The Tearing of the Garment 121
Why Bury? 124
How We Bury 126
Why No Viewing 127
Why in Tachrichim? 127
Why Stones Instead of Flowers? 128
Ha-Makom Yenahem: The Place Gives Comfort 130
5. Shivah 141
The First Meal 142
The Therapeutic Function of Shivah 142
Who's the Host? Who's the Guest? 151
The Art of Making a Shivah Call 152
The Shivah Minyan 157
Covering Mirrors 161
Why Psalm 49? 161
Knitting Up the Tear 163
6. Kaddish 168
When Death Comes 168
A Commentary on the Kaddish 169
Going to Shul 172
A Year of Grieving, A Year of Growing 174
Saying Kaddish: The Making of a "Regular," 177
7. The Year and After 183
The Law Sets the Limits 184
The Five Stages of Grief 184
Shloshim: The First Thirty Days After Burial 186
A Way to Mark Shloshim 191
Yizkor: The Unending Conversation 194
I Am Older Now: A Yahrzeit Candle Lit at Home 198
After the Year, What? 200
Diary of a Young Widow: A Work in Progress 207
In Many Houses 219
Name 220
Part 2 Questions 221
8. Is Euthanasia Permitted? 223
Laws Concerning One in a Dying Condition 224
Rabbi Yehudah's Handmaiden 224
The Maggid Rediscovers Music 225
I Want a Choice 225
Final Entrance 229
Long-Term Dignity 233
On Choosing the Hour of Our Death 237
Death with Dignity vs. Euthanasia 244
Not Through Yet 257
9. How Shall We Mourn the Stillborn? 260
A Yizkor Prayer for Stillborn and Infant Deaths 261
I Lost a Child But Did Not Mourn Her 262
Neonatal Death 265
Baby Brother's Gone to Heaven 268
Three Responses to Miscarriage 271
Faith Learns to Fill a Need 277
10. How Does One Survive the Loss of Children? 280
The Story of Rabbi Meir and Beruriah 283
Plutarch to His Wife After the Loss of Their Child 284
Not on Merit, But on Mazal 284
We Will Get Better, We Must Get Better 285
On Being the Kaddish 297
Firepower in Mitzvot 304
11. Do We Believe in an Afterlife? 309
In the World-to-Come 311
The Birth 311
The Ship 313
Is There Life After Death? 313
Permission to Believe 328
The Here and the Hereafter 335
The Fate of the Soul 338
Love As Strong As Death 348
Where Does It End? 352
12. What Do We Need Death For? 354
Contributors 361
Permissions Acknowledgments 369
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    I read this book one year after my father passed away and was somehow healed through the wisdom of this book. One never knows where healing is going to come from.

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