Purification on the Borders of Life and Death

By InterfaithFamily



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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.

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InterfaithFamily is the premier resource supporting interfaith couples exploring Jewish life and inclusive Jewish communities. We offer educational content; connections to welcoming organizations, professionals and programs; resources and trainings for organizations, clergy and other program providers; and our new Rukin Rabbinic Fellowship will provide offerings for couples in cities nationwide. If you have suggestions, please contact network@interfaithfamily.com.