Can Jewish People be Buried with Tattoos?

Thursday, January 21

Old myths die hard. For ages, almost every Jewish individual has heard the following from the start of their journey in the religion, “Jewish people cannot be buried in a Jewish cemetery if they have tattoos.”  A report done by the Pew Research Center of 1,500 people discovered that 36 percent of 18 to 25… Read More

Why Do We Have Funerals?

Wednesday, December 30

Although we may lose the physical presence of our loved ones, the memory of them will remain in our hearts and minds forever. Before tucking these memories away, we must say an official goodbye to their physical being and that is typically carried out by holding a funeral. In order to preserve the bodies and honor the individuals… Read More

Will Organ Donation Affect My Jewish Burial?

Friday, November 13

Many people have heard that if you are an organ donor, you cannot be buried according to Jewish law. Historically, this may have been true, but in modern times, this is no longer the case. Judaism considers saving a life as the highest of ethical obligations, which is why organ donation has universal support across… Read More

Remembering Your Loved Ones During the High Holidays

Friday, September 18

Celebrating the holidays without a loved one is understandably, painful. Year after year, Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur, the prescribed times to reflect on life and remember loved ones, are spent with family, it’s a Jewish tradition. While this tradition continues amongst the living, the absence of those that have passed, is noticeable. After losing… Read More

Choosing a Cemetery: A Grave Decision

Monday, July 13

Throughout life, we allocate time to make choices about where we will live, work, and vacation. The emphasis that we put on the selection of our final resting place should mimic how we make choices for locales while living. For many, the decision may already be made for them by way of family plots. For… Read More

Funerals and Shivas as New York Reopens

Tuesday, June 2

Over the past few months, people have become accustomed to carrying out rituals using virtual sources. Funerals have been attended via video conferencing and mourners were consoled during online shivas. Although traditions are observed, anything carried out digitally lacks the long-established personal feel. Now that restrictions are being adjusted to ease back into normalcy, what… Read More

Preserving Memories and Planning to Celebrate Loved Ones That Recently Passed Away 

Monday, May 4

The past few weeks have been difficult for everyone; however, you may have experienced added stress, pain, or sadness from other life-altering factors like saying an unexpected goodbye to a family member or friend.  Even though a standard burial and ritual process was likely carried out, there were most definitely alterations to the manner that… Read More

Dealing With a Death at This Difficult Time

Friday, March 27

We are currently facing unprecedented circumstances leading us to alter our daily lives. The modification to spiritual and momentous experiences have had significant impact on the Jewish community. Synagogues have canceled services and other weekly gatherings, Bar Mitzvahs are being rescheduled, and weddings postponed. While many of these ritual and joyous milestone events are being… Read More