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Mes Mitzvah in Our Times

Mes Mitzvah in Our Times

A Strong Obligation The Mitzvah to bury the dead is rather unique. The Talmud teaches (Moed Katan 27b) that “…מת בעיר כל בני העיר אסורין בעשיית מלאכה” – the responsibility for the burial of any Jew is shared by the entire community. In a story...
The Cremation Challenge

The Cremation Challenge

  Throughout history, societies have adopted varying approaches to dealing with corpses. Some have buried them in the ground and some have cremated them.  Others sealed them away in elaborate mausoleums with food and drink, mummified them, left them for the...
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