Death
(2,345 words)

The attitude to death is an essential part of Jewish self-understanding. Guided by belief in the bodily resurrection in a world to come, a special relationship developed with the physique that concerned not just the dead but also the living. The doctrines of faith and rituals associated with death promoted a "memorial theology," which places death and everything related to it at the heart of ritual provisions. Although emancipation and secularization shifted the understanding of death into…

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Goldberg, Sylvie Anne, “Death”, in: Encyclopedia of Jewish History and Culture Online, Original German Language Edition: Enzyklopädie Jüdischer Geschichte und Kultur. Im Auftrag der Sächsischen Akademie der Wissenschaften zu Leipzig herausgegeben von Dan Diner. © J.B. Metzler, Stuttgart/Springer-Verlag GmbH Deutschland 2011–2017.. Consulted online on 25 June 2018 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/2468-8894_ejhc_COM_0931>
First published online: 2017
First print edition: 20180401



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