Death and Mourning in the Jewish Tradition, with Rabbi Justin Goldstein
Why do we place rocks atop the headstones in a Jewish cemetery? It is a Jewish tradition for a visitor to a Jewish grave site to place a single stone on the monument. It tells visitors that follow that others have also visited this grave. In deeper sense, the presence of that stone signify that the living are never finished building a monument to the deceased. Thus, those who have died are forever bound up in the bonds of the living.
The Jewish tradition is filled with rich and meaningful laws, customs, rituals, and practices which help individuals and communities experience and process mourning in a healthy way. Over the course of six weeks, we will look at each step of the mourning process beginning with death and culminating in the annual memorial of yahrzeit. Investigating the ancient customs of things like shomrim (watching over a corpse) and shiva (sitting in a mourner’s home), we will learn the history, philosophy, and application of these practices and the values and meaning they teach us today.
$18 for CBI & CBHT members, $36 for non-members.
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