• September 26, 2021
  • 20 5782, Tishri
  • פרשת בראשית

Mourning in Jewish Tradition

Mourning in Jewish Tradition

During the period between Passover and Shavuot we mourn the deaths of Rabbi Akiva’s disciples. In this series Join Rabbi Dovid Fink and study the following elements of mourning: (a) The Cadaver: How does Torah instruct us to relate to the body of the deceased? How do we treat it? Is it permitted to donate organs or bodily tissues after death? (b) Eulogy: To what extent must one tell the truth in eulogizing the dead? Is any exaggeration permitted? (c) Informing the Patient: Must the patient be told the truth of his or her condition? (d) Comforting Mourners: What are the Torah requirements for the mitsva of comforting mourners? Can this mitsva be done by email or telephone? How must one act while comforting mourners?

May 16, 2012 5:00 pm - 6:00 pm
Mourning in Jewish Tradition: Lesson 1
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Cadavers: Our first topic deals with how we must treat dead bodies. Can dissections be permitted for medical students? Is speedy burial always required?

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May 23, 2012 5:00 pm - 6:00 pm
Mourning in Jewish Tradition: Lesson 2
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Today we will finish the topic dealing with cadavers and their proper treatment, including post-mortem dissection. Then we will turn to the question of eulogy. Must one tell the truth in eulogies? To what extent is exaggeration permitted?

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May 30, 2012 5:00 pm - 6:00 pm
Mourning in Jewish Tradition: Lesson 3
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June 6, 2012 5:00 pm - 6:00 pm
Mourning in Jewish Tradition: Lesson 4
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June 13, 2012 5:00 pm - 6:00 pm
Mourning in Jewish Tradition: Lesson 5
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June 20, 2012 5:00 pm - 6:00 pm
Mourning in Jewish Tradition: Lesson 6
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After we finish the topic of telling the truth in eulogies, we will turn to the comforting of mourners and practices in the house of mourning.

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June 27, 2012 5:00 pm - 6:00 pm
Mourning in Jewish Tradition: Lesson 7
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July 4, 2012 5:00 pm - 6:00 pm
Mourning in Jewish Tradition: Lesson 8
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July 11, 2012 5:00 pm - 6:00 pm
Mourning in Jewish Tradition: Lesson 9
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July 18, 2012 5:00 pm - 6:00 pm
Mourning in Jewish Tradition: Lesson 10
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July 25, 2012 5:00 pm - 6:00 pm
Mourning in Jewish Tradition: Lesson 11
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In addition to being one of Rabbi Brovender's first students, Rabbi Dovid Fink is an outstanding expertᅠand teacher of Halacha. Rabbi Fink received his Rabbinic ordination from ITRI and the Mir and was awarded his Ph.D in Semitic Languages and Linguistics from Yale University. Rav Fink has taught thousands of students from all over the world for over 35 years.