Elka Deitsch, Sharon Liberman Mintz, Wiebke M. Light, David Wachtel.
New York City, USA, 1999. 120 pp., illustrations: 37 col., 51 b&w, 22.5 × 21 cm. English.
Library of the Jewish Theological Seminary of America (12 December 1999–12 April 2000)
Texts, images and objects that show how Jews have traditionally related to the issues surrounding the end of life. Material arranged according to sequential topics, each with introductory text and in-depth descriptive entries: Illness and the Hour of Death, The Historical and Communal Roles of the Hevra Kaddisha, The Hevra Kaddisha as a Social Institution, Customs and Rituals Before Burial, Burial, Mourning, Afterlife, Legacy (elegies, eulogies and ethical wills) and Remembrance (yahrzeit and the Memorbuch). Ritual objects from the collection of Isaac Pollak supplemented the Library’s books, manuscripts and broadsides. 80 items.
Bags of earth from the Holy Land