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The Jewish Way in Death and Mourning Paperback – October 16, 2000

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"...a recognized classic that is as relevant today as it was when it was first published thirty years ago..." --Malcolm Hoenlein,

"...will be read with wide interest and provide a gateway to an important rubric of Jewish thought and philosophy." --Lord Immanuel

About the Author

Rabbi Maurice Lamm was awarded an honorary doctorate by Yeshiva University, from which he holds a B.A., M.A., and rabbinic ordination. He has served on the faculty of Stern College for Women, was field director of Military Chaplains, and traveled for the U. S. Department of Defense with the civilian equivalent of Major General. His chaplaincy duties took him around the world. One of his most important contributions has been the creation of the National Institute for Jewish Hospice.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 318 pages
  • Publisher: Jonathan David Publishers, Inc.; Revised edition (October 16, 2000)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0824604229
  • ISBN-13: 978-0824604226
  • Product Dimensions: 8.4 x 5.4 x 1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (36 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #303,130 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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I checked this book out from the library to use it as a resource for a religion class. I couldn't stop reading it. Having just lost my grandmother and participated at her funeral sevice, I was very interested in learning about Jewish funeral customs. This book was just the ticket. It is very well written, easy to read (it is broken down into many subsections) and understand (even for the non-Jew), fascinating (if you are not familiar with the Jewish customs), and the section entitled "What is Death?" is extremey profound. I loved his style and his use of words. I plan to purchase it to keep in my library. (It helped me get an A on the report and in the class!)
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The book is very comprehensive on the specific part of the subject discussed: American, Ashkenazi laws and customs. However, it doesn't deal with the laws and customs elsewhere (e.g., Israel) and ignores Sephardi Jewish customs. Highly recommended if you only want to know about the Ashkenazi Jewish laws and customs in North America.
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I turned to this book when my father died. I found it to be a comprehensive and indispensable guide. I still take it with me whenever I visit the cemetary so that I can use its text for graveside prayers.
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This is a very detailed guide to the traditional aspects of Jewish observances of Death and Mouring. It is a must for every Jew -- Orthodox, Conservative, Reform, or un-affiliated!

My only suggestion is to my fellow readers -- buy it and read it now! Do not wait until you need it's great advice.
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This book provided all the answers I needed.
It was factual, clearly-written, easily-referenced, religiously-balanced, logical and, overall, very useful.
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My father had just died and I was given this book by his synagogue. As I spent the week sitting shivah with my family I read through it. It was comforting, informative and very very helpful. I think it would be helpful not only to Jewish mourners but to anyone who has lost a loved one.
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This is a truly encyclopedic guide (at least from the perspective from someone who, like me, knew almost nothing about the subject before reading the book) to Jewish mourning practices. Brief summary: if a parent dies, be prepared to take a week off from everything, and don't shave. Try to avoid most forms of public entertainment for a year. (Whether these are realistic expectations for most readers, I can't say). If another relative dies, the restrictions are less severe.

Lamm also briefly summarizes the Jewish depiction of the afterlife. In his own words: [there is] historic near-unanimity of [Jewish] scholarly opinion on the fundamental belief [in the afterlife but] the practical details of immortality are ambiguous and vague. There is no formal eschatology in Judaism, only a traditional consensus that illuminates the way. . . God revives the righteous dead, while the wicked remain in the dust."

Lamm goes back and forth between justifying the halacha and neutrally describing it; I found his justifications persuasive in some instances, perhaps a bit overly aggressive at other times.
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This is the best guide on ' Jewish Death and Mourning' I know. It is clearly written. It presents the Halachic aspects of the process in a good way. It shows sympathy and understanding. It will answer most if not all of the procedural questions the person has who is in the process of mourning.

It is the standard work , and rightly so.
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