When a Jew dies

the ethnography of a bereaved son

By Heilman, Samuel C.

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ISBN
978-0-52021-965-6
Publisher
Berkeley, Calif. ; University of California Press, c2001.


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Reviewed on May 1, 2001

When his father, a Holocaust survivor, died in 1996 after a long illness and a series of strokes, Heilman (Defenders of the Faith; Jewish studies, CUNY) followed the traditional rituals of Jewish mourning, from gosess and petira (for near death and the end of life) to leveiya (the funeral and its accompaniments) to yahrzeit (anniversary of a death) and finally to the perpetual remembrance of beit olam and yizkor. As he did so, he not o...Log In or Sign Up to Read More

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