Facing Death and Grieving, a review of Samuel A. Heilman's When a Jew Dies

By Dayle A. Friedman

Reconstructionist Rabbinical Association (RRA), Fall 2001

This piece reviews When a Jew Dies, by Samuel A. Heilman. The review highlights how the author uses his own moving narrative to illuminate through academic tools and Jewish knowledge, the traditions and customs that shape his and the Jewish experience during mourning. The review points out important aspects of this experience, which includes binding the mourner to the community and looking at how a mourner moves from a state of despair to a state of affirmation.

Topic: Ritual, Death and Mourning, Publications

Name of Publication: The Reconstructionist

Editor: Hirsh, Richard

Volume/Issue: Vol. 66/No. 1

Page Number(s): 88-94

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Genre: Book Review

Coverage: United States

Language: English

Copyright Holder: Publisher

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Bibliographic Information:
Friedman, Dayle A. Facing Death and Grieving, a review of Samuel A. Heilman's When a Jew Dies. The Reconstructionist. Reconstructionist Rabbinical Association (RRA). Fall 2001: 88-94. http://www.bjpa.org/Publications/details.cfm?PublicationID=4940


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