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From This World to the Next. Jewish Approaches to Illness, Death & The Afterlife

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Curators

Elka Deitsch, Sharon Liberman Mintz, Wiebke M. Light, David Wachtel.

Collection

Isaac Pollak.

Imprint

New York City, USA, 1999. 120 pp., illustrations: 37 col., 51 b&w, 22.5 × 21 cm. English.

ISBN

0873340779

Location

Library of the Jewish Theological Seminary of America (12 December 1999–12 April 2000)

Description

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.

main keywords

DEATH/MOURNINGHEBREW ILLUMINATED MANUSCRIPTS, BOHEMIA-MORAVIA & GERMANY, 17TH–19TH CHEVRA KADISHAPRINTED BOOKSPRINTS

minor keywords

Bags of earth from the Holy LandHevra Kadisha illuminated manuscriptsHevra Kadisha utensilsHevra Kadisha tzedakah boxesHistorical documentsMemor booksMinhagim booksPrints, cemeteriesYahrzeit calendarsYahrzeit/Memorial lamps

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