Natalie Portman's Directorial Debut & Paper Towns' Nat WolffBy Gerri Miller
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Traditional Jewish burial practices have their origins in ancient ideas about purity. According to anthropologists, birth and death, and the blood that attends them, have a quality both of holiness and of impurity in the ancient Israelite religion that we learn of by reading the Torah. These ancient ideas survive in some present-day Jewish practices.