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Jewish Death Practices:
Learning & Resources:
A Plain Pine Box
Scores of books have been published in the last forty years about aspects of Jewish traditions around death, funerals, burial, and mourning. Some explain practices from a halachic or historical perspective. Others help the mourner work through grief. The third type is about community building. It is about how we must prepare ourselves and our synagogues for kavod hamet (honor and care for the dead) and nichum avelim (comfort the bereaved). Such a book is A Plain Pine Box.
A Plain Pine Box is an elegant, simple book. We walk with Rabbi Goodman as he and his congregation learn about traditional Jewish practices and organize a Chevra Kadisha. We identify with the struggle between remaining true to Jewish principles and the economic and political pressures of the established Jewish community. Looking back we can smile at the success of the Chevra Kevod Hamet and marvel at the ability of one book to inspire so many. The gift of A Plain Pine Box is the way it interweaves the teachings of Jewish tradition with the reality of Jewish communal organizing. The genius of A Plain Pine Box is that its message is even more on point today, twenty-seven years after the Chevra Kevod Hamet was founded.
Table of Contents
|THE CHEVRA KEVOD HAMET IS BORN||1|
|ACCEPTANCE AND RESISTANCE||21|
|THE MEDICAL ETHICS SEMINAR||54|
|RITUALS OF BEREAVEMENT OR MEMORIAL COCKTAIL PARTIES AND SHIVA||81|
|FROM SHIVA ON||86|
|MARKING A SPECIAL ANNIVERSARY||89|
|Report of the Death and Mourning Practices Committee to the Board of Directors of Adath Jeshurun Congregation||97|
|Expression of Guidance||104|
|Statement on Funeral Practice of the Minnesota Rabbinical Association||107|
|Resolution of the Minnesota Rabbinical Association||109|
|Authorization for Autopsy||110|
|Instructions for Pallbearers||120|