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Teshuvot (Responsa) On Death, Burial, and Mourning - Conservative Movement


Selected Teshuvot related to death, burial, and mourning

from the CJLS (Committee on Jewish Law and Standards) of the Rabbinical Assembly and

the Va'ad Halakhah (Law Committee) of the Rabbinical Assembly of Israel (shown below as "Masorti").

Source Subject Title with Link Reference Year Author
CJLS Organ Donation Organ Donation After Cardiac Death  YD 370:1 2010 Leonard Sharzer
CJLS Organ Donation Ad Heikhan Hu Bodek? -- Contemporary Criteria for the Declaration of Death

YD 370:1


Daniel S. Nevins
CJLS Organ Donation Organ Donation

YD 336.

1999 Joel Roth
CJLS Organ Donation Organ and Tissue Donation Card

YD 336

1996 Joseph Prouser
CJLS Organ Donation Chesed or Chiuv: The Obligation to Preserve Life and the Question of Post-Mortem Organ Donations

YD 336

1995 Joseph H. Prouser
Masorti Organ Donation The Donation of Bodies to Medical Schools

YD 349:1-2; 357:1


Gilah Dror 
Masorti Organ Donation Organ Transplants and Donor Cards

YD 349:1-2; 357:1


David Golinkin
CJLS Suicide Suicide

YD 345:2

2005 Kassel Abelson
CJLS Suicide Assisted Suicide

YD 345


Elliot N. Dorff
CJLS Suicide Statement on Assisted Suicide

YD 345


CJLS Tahara I Shall Sprinkle Pure Water Upon You and You Shall Be Purified: A Question of Taharah

YD 352:3


Ben Zion Bergman
Masorti Tahara The Tohorah Ritual

YD 352:4


David Golinkin 
Masorti Tahara Tohorah for those who Died of AIDS

YD 352:4.


Simchah Roth 
Masorti Funeral The Participation of Women in Funerals

YD 359


David Golinkin
CJLS Funeral A Statement on Funerals in the Synagogue

YD 353:3


Ben Zion Bokser
CJLS Cremation Cremation in the Jewish Tradition

YD 348


Morris Shapiro
CJLS Burial of Non-Jews Burial of Non-Jewish Spouse and Children YD 367:1 2010 Kassel Abelson and Loel Weiss
CJLS Burial of Non-Jews Bury Him, Yes, Bury Him - A Concurring Opinion to Paul Plotkin's "Burial of Jews Practicing Christianity"

YD 345:5


Myron S. Geller
CJLS Burial of Non-Jews Burial of Jews Practicing Christianity

YD 345:5


Paul Plotkin
CJLS Burial of Non-Jews Peaceful Paths: Burial of Non-Jews in a Jewish Cemetery Following a Common Disaster

YD 367:1


Myron S. Geller
CJLS Burial A Matter of Grave Concern: A Question of Mixed Burial

YD 367:1


Ben Zion Bergman
Masorti Burial The Burial of Non-Jews in a Jewish Cemetery

YD 367:1


David Golinkin
Masorti Burial Burial in a Coffin in Eretz Yisrael

YD 362:1


Pesach Schindler 
Masorti Burial Engraving on a Gravestone a Name Which Was Added During an Illness

YD 335:10


David Golinkin
CJLS Disinterment Exhuming the Dead

YD 363


Myron S. Geller
CJLS Mausoleum May a Mausoleum Be Used for Jewish Burial?

YD 362:1


Morris Feldman
CJLS Mausoleum The Use of Mausoleums for Jewish Burial

YD 362:1


David H. Lincoln
Masorti Mausoleum Layered Burial and Burial in Mausolea

YD 362:1


David Golinkin
CJLS Mourning Saying Kaddish for Twelve Months, A Valid Alternative

YD 376:4

2008 Richard Plavin and Mayer Rabinowitz
CJLS Mourning Welcoming Mourners on Shabbat

YD 400:1


Baruch Frydman-Kohl
CJLS Mourning Converts Mourning the Death of Close Relatives

YD 374:5


Joel Rembaum
Masorti Mourning Women and the Mourners' Kaddish

YD 376:4


David Golinkin
CJLS Missing Persons Ritual of Mourning When a Body is Not Recovered

YD 375:7


Kassel Abelson and
Mayer Rabinowitz
CJLS Missing Persons On the Status of Missing Persons

YD 397


Isidoro Aizenberg
CJLS Pregnancy Loss What Should Jewish Practice Be Following a Stillbirth?

YD 340:30


Stephanie Dickstein
CJLS Pregnancy Loss What's In a Name?: A Concurrence and Dissent on the Ritual Practice Following a Stillbirth

YD 340:30


Ben Zion Bergman
CJLS Pregnancy Loss What Should Be Jewish Practice Following the Death of an Infant Who Lives Less Than Thirty One Days?

YD 374:8


Stephanie Dickstein
CJLS Pregnancy Loss Kiyyam Li: A Dissenting Concurrence

YD 374:8


Avram Israel Reisner
CJLS Pregnancy Loss Response to Miscarriage

YD 340:30


Debra Reed Blank
CJLS Pregnancy Loss Response to Miscarriage: An Alternate View

YD 340:30


Amy Eilberg
CJLS Pregnancy Loss Mourning for a Newborn

YD 374:8


Isidoro Aizenberg
CJLS Pregnancy Loss Treatment of the Loss of a Fetus Through Miscarriage

YD 340:30


Isidoro Aizenberg