Yom Rivii, 1 Elul 5774
Wednesday, 27 August 2014
Death & Mourning

by Rabbi Alexandra Wright

"Man's days are as grass; he blossoms like a flower of the field. For the wind passes over it and it is gone, and its place knows it no more." All religions come to terms with the mortality of human beings in their own way. For some, it is the prime concern of their spiritual exploration; for others, such as Judaism, it is a matter on which little time is spent. This is because, underpinning the vast structure of Jewish law and thought, there lies the strong belief that this world, this life, this tangible existence is the experience to which we must address our energies; the next life, with all its uncertainties, is not for too much speculation. With this attitude firmly entrenched, Jewish law makes admirable provision for those who mourn, whilst the person who is dying receives somewhat less attention in the traditional sources.  Read more