Jewish Mourning Rites: A Sociological Study
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Dr. Simcha Fishbane describes the history and background of Jewish mourning rituals. It includes insights from history, culture, and important Rabbis.
"... is that mourning rites are concerned with the resocialization (whether psychological or sociological) of the individual survivor as well as the body and soul of the deceased. The rituals concerned with death have a latent function; the intense emotions of individuals are socialized; that which has the potential for social disruption is channeled in communally approved directions."
From the Introduction
Table of Contents
Jewish Mourning Rites: A Process of Resocialization
Problematic: Methodological and Theoretical Perspectives
Mourning Rites in Judaism
A Concluding Discussion
Yahrziet: A Day for Fortune or Misfortune?
Yahrzeit - First Sources
Other Synogogue Rituals
The Yahrzeit Candle (Ner Neshama)
Visiting the Gravesite
Studying Torah and Mishnah and Reciting the the Psalms
Kei Malei Rachamim
Summary and Conclusion
Rabbis Cited in this Work
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