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Responsa On Death, Burial, and Mourning - Reform Movement

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Subject

Special
Interest

Title with Link

Doc #

Year

Reference with Link

Hevra Kadisha

 

Formation Of A Hevra Kadisha

8

1993-4

TFN no.5754.8 87-90

Death Notification

 

Informing Daughter Of Her Mother's

1

1992-3

TFN no.5753.1 199-200

Organ Donation

 

Hastening The Death Of A Potential Organ Donor

3

2002-3

NYP no. 5763.3

Organ Donation

 

Banks For Human Organs

78

1986

CARR 128-132

Organ Donation

 

Using The Blood Of The Dead

83

1967

ARR 284-287

Autopsy 

 

Autopsy 

82

1925

ARR 278-283

Taharah

 

Linen Shrouds Or A Garment

168

1989

NARR 278-279

Taharah

 

Taharah and AIDS

169

1988

NARR 279-281

Casket

 

Two Caskets In One Grave

8

1990-1

TFN no.5751.8 117-118

Casket

 

Plastic Casket

176

1988

NARR 287-288

Casket

 

Open Casket

91

1979

CARR 151-152

Casket

 

Decorated Casket

175

 

NARR 286

Funeral

Non-Jewish

Funeral Of A Child Of A Mixed Marriage

7

1990-1

TFN no 5751.7 267-269

Funeral

 

Funeral On Tu Bish'vat

165

1989

NARR 275-276

Funeral

 

Funeral On Yom Hasho'ah

166

1989

NARR 276

Funeral

Non-Jewish

Funeral Of Non-Jewish Spouse Of A Member

181

1989

NARR 293-294

Funeral

 

Funeral Without Rabbi Or Cantor

90

1986

CARR 150-151

Funeral

Non-Jewish

Jewish Funeral For Non-Jewish Spouse

99

1983

CARR 160

Funeral

Suicide

A Eulogy For A Suicide

90

1980

ARR 306-307

Funeral

 

Omission Of Committal Service

87

1976

ARR 296-299

Funeral

Non-Jewish

Rabbi officiating at a funeral of Jew in non-Jewish cemetery 

93

1947

ARR 312-314

Funeral

Non-Jewish

Masonic Service At Funeral

91

1946

ARR 308-309

Funeral

Non-Jewish

Rabbi Officiating At Christian Scientist's Funeral

94

1909

ARR 314-317

Funeral

 

A Long-Delayed Funeral

87

1909

CARR 146-147

Funeral Directors

 

Jewish Funeral Directors

167

1990

NARR 277-278

Cremation

Cremation

When A Parent Requests Cremation

2

2005-6

NYP no. 5766.2

Cremation

Cremation

Cremation

100

1891

ARR 341-348

Burial

 

Tattooing, Body-Piercing, And Jewish Tradition

4

1998-9

NYP no. 5759.4

Burial

Non-Jewish

Burial Of A Non-Jewish Same-Sex Spouse

20

1991-2

TFN no.5752.20 111-115

Burial

 

Burial With A Baton

171

1991

NARR 282-283

Burial

 

Vertical Burial

177

1991

NARR 288-289

Burial

Cremation

The Ashes Of A Couple In A Single Urn

191

1990

NARR 304-305

Burial

 

Burial With A Kippah

173

1989

NARR 284

Burial

 

Burial Of Jerusalem Soil Into The Grave

174

1989

NARR 285

Burial

 

Filling The Grave In Hot Weather

178

1989

NARR 289-290

Burial

 

Reuse Of A Grave

190

1989

NARR 303-304

Burial

 

Burial Of Human Organs

170

1988

NARR 281-282

Burial

 

Burial With A Candelabra

172

1988

NARR 283-284

Burial

Cremation

Scattering The Ashes Of The Dead

192

1988

NARR 306-307

Burial

 

Unmarked Grave

189

1987

NARR 301-303

Burial

Non-Jewish

Burial Of An Apostate

100

1987

CARR 161

Burial

 

Burial at sea

104

1986

CARR 165-166

Burial

 

Burial in a Christian cemetery

105

1986

CARR 166-167

Burial

 

Widower's Rights [To Prevent A Grave From Being Moved]

88

1985

CARR 147-148

Burial

Non-Jewish

Non-Jewish Burials

97

1985

CARR 161-162

Burial

 

Restricting Burial In The Congregation's Cemetery

101

1985

CARR 161-162

Burial

 

Prayers At Reinterment

112

1985

CARR 173-174

Burial

 

Extending The Privilege Of Burial From The Synagogue

89

1984

CARR 148-150

Burial

 

Burial Of A Woman Married Twice

94

1984

CARR 154-155

Burial

  Burial With First Or Second Husband 95 1984 CARR 155-156

Burial

Non-Jewish

Burial Of A Teenager Of Doubtful Descent

96

1984

CARR 156-160

Burial

Non-Jewish

Doubtful Lineage And Burial

98

1984

CARR 158-160

Burial

 

Burial Of A Young Child

92

1983

CARR 152-153

Burial

 

Burial Of Miscarriages, Stillborn Children And Infants

106

1983

CARR 167-168

Burial

 

Burial Of A Divorced Wife

93

1982

CARR 153-154

Burial

Cremation

Burial Of Ashes In A Mausoleum

102

1981

CARR 163-164

Burial

 

Burial In The Garden

103

1977

CARR 164-165

Burial

Non-Jewish

Burial Of Prospective Convert

97

1981

ARR 321-322

Burial

 

Preferred Burial Site

102

1978

ARR 349-350

Burial Non-Jewish

Non-Jewish Burial in a Jewish Cemetery

99 1963 ARR 335-341

Burial

Suicide

Burial Of A Suicide

89

1959

ARR 299-302

Burial

 

Burial Of Jews In Section Of General Cemetery

96

1957

ARR 320-321

Burial

 

Burial From The Temple

88

1923

ARR 299-302

Burial

 

Burial customs

116

1923

ARR 373-374

Burial

 

Burial on a Holy Day (Yom Tov)

95

1921

ARR 317-320

Burial

Non-Jewish

Burial of non-Jewish wives in Jewish cemeteries

98

1914-1936

ARR 331-335

Cemetery

 

Selling Portion Of A Cemetery

200

1991

NARR 319-322

Cemetery

 

Naming Of A Cemetery

197

1990

NARR 313-315

Cemetery

 

Cemetery Plantings

204

1990

NARR 327-328

Cemetery

 

Added Section To A Cemetery

199

1989

NARR 317-319

Cemetery

 

Control Of A Cemetery

196

1988

NARR 311-313

Cemetery

 

Jewish Section In General Cemetery

198

1988

NARR 315-317

Cemetery

 

Yews In A Cemetery

203

1988

NARR 326

Cemetery

 

Responsibility For

113

1986

CARR 174-175

Cemetery

 

Building A Chapel On A Cemetery

27

1979

ARR 075-76

Cemetery

 

Two Coffins In One Grave

107

1975

ARR 355-358

Cemetery

 

Vandalized Cemetery

115

1974

ARR 371-373

Cemetery

 

Direction Of Graves

103

1923

ARR 351-352

Cemetery

 

Choice Of A Cemetery

101

1917

ARR 348-349

Cemetery

Non-Jewish

Employment Of Non-Jews In a Cemetery

105

1917

ARR 353

Disinterment

 

Disinterment From A Jewish To A Nondenominational Cemetery

5

1995-6

NYP no. 5756.5

Disinterment

 

Disinterment And Reburial

111

1984

CARR 172-173

Disinterment

 

Disinterment For Legal Evidence

110

1982

CARR 171-172

Disinterment

 

Removal Of Dead Body To Another Grave

106

1922

ARR 353-355

Mourning

 

Incense For Mourning

180

1991

NARR 292-293

Mourning

Non-Jewish

Mourning For A Non-Jewish Spouse

121

1986

CARR 182-184

Mourning

 

Mourning customs

117

1913

ARR 374-376

Kaddish

 

Redemption Of Captives (Pidyon Shevuyim)

5

1992-3

TFN no.5753.5 321-326

Kaddish

Non-Jewish

Kaddish For Adoptive And Biological Parents

12

1992-3

TFN no.5753.12 201-207

Kaddish

 

May A Congregation Cease Reading The Names

18

1992-3

TFN no.5753.18 43-48

Kaddish

 

Incest And Parental Responsibilities

123

1984

CARR 185-186

Kaddish

 

Kaddish For A Pet

124

1984

CARR 186-188

Kaddish

 

Kaddish For A Known Criminal

146

1983

CARR 218-219

Kaddish

 

Reciting Kaddish For Convicted Criminal

122

1981

CARR 184-185

Kaddish

 

Kaddish

118

1980

ARR 377-379

Kaddish

Non-Jewish

Kaddish For A Unitarian Sister

124

1957

ARR 390-392

Kaddish

Non-Jewish

A Proselyte Reciting Kaddish for Deceased Parents

123

1955

ARR 387-390

Kaddish

 

Standing During Recital Of Kaddish

120

1914

ARR 380-383; 386

Kaddish

 

Length of Time For Recital of Kaddish

121

1913

ARR 383-385

Shivah

Non-Jewish

Gentiles And Jewish Mourning Rites

4

1999-2000

NYP no. 5760.4

Shivah

 

Shivah for a Delayed Funeral

119

1984

CARR 180-181

Tombstone

 

Argument Over A Tombstone

7

1995-6

NYP no. 5756.7

Tombstone

 

Location Of A Tombstone

182

1990

NARR 294-295

Tombstone

 

Wooden Tombstone

183

1990

NARR 296

Tombstone

 

Colored Tombstone

184

1990

NARR 297

Tombstone

Cremation

A Tombstone For Scattered Ashes

193

1990

NARR 307-309

Tombstone

 

Tombstone For Polish Family Graves

202

1990

NARR 325

Tombstone

 

Metal Tombstone

185

1989

NARR 298

Tombstone

 

Unmarked Tombstone

186

1989

NARR 298-299

Tombstone

 

Isaiah Verse On A Tombstone

187

1989

NARR 299-300

Tombstone

 

Tombstone with Christian markings

118

1988

CARR 179-180

Tombstone

 

Inscription Of Widow's Name On First Husband's Tombstone

188

1988

NARR 300-301

Tombstone

 

Name Of The Deceased On Two Tombstones

120

1986

CARR 181-182

Tombstone

 

Fallen Gravestones

115

1985

CARR 176-177

Tombstone

 

Names On A Tombstone

116

1985

CARR 177-178

Tombstone

 

Sh'ma As A Tombstone Inscription

117

1983

CARR 178

Tombstone

 

Insignia On A Tombstone

110

1980

ARR 360-361

Tombstone

 

The Setting Of A Tombstone

109

1979

ARR 359-360 

Tombstone

 

Setting Of A Tombstone

114

1979

CARR 175-176

Tombstone

 

Mother's Name On Son's Tombstone

114

1976

ARR 367-371

Tombstone

 

Exchanging Of A Tombstone

113

1970

ARR 365-367

Tombstone

 

in absence of body (cenotaph)

112

1964

ARR 362-365

Tombstone

 

Lapse Of Time Before Setting A Tombstone

108

1932

ARR 358-359

Yahrtzeit

Non-Jewish

Gentile Names On A Yahrzeit List

7

1994-5

TFN no.5755.7 49

Yahrtzeit

 

Transfer Of Memorial Plaque To Another Synagogue

10

1990-1

TFN no.5751.10 17-18

Yahrtzeit

 

Yahrzeit Date, Unknown, For A Holocaust Victim

206

1990

NARR 330-331

Yahrtzeit

 

Who Is To Light Yahrzeit Candle

205

1989

NARR 328-329

Yahrtzeit

Non-Jewish

Yahrzeit For A Non-Jew

207

1989

NARR 331-332

Yahrtzeit

 

Yahrzeit Bonfire

208

1989

NARR 332-333

Yahrtzeit

 

Hebrew Yahrzeit Dates

209

1988

NARR 333-334

Yahrtzeit

 

For A Brother

125

1985

CARR 188-189

Yahrtzeit

 

Tow Yahrzeit Candles

126

1985

CARR 189-190

Yahrtzeit

 

Leap Year Yahrzeit Observance

127

1984

CARR 190-191

Yahrtzeit

 

Moving Date Of Yahrzeit

128

1984

CARR 191

Yahrtzeit

 

Yahrzeit

127

1980

ARR 393-395

Yahrtzeit

 

Titles On A Kaddish List

119

1979

ARR 379-380

Yahrtzeit

 

Observance Of Yahrzeit by a Widow Who Has Remarried

128

1955

ARR 395-396

Yahrtzeit

 

Educational Value Of Yahrtzeit

126

1914

ARR 392-393

Shemot

 

Proper Disposal Of A Worn Sefer Torah

4

1996-7

NYP no. 5757.4

Shemot

 

Ceremony For Burial Of Books

194

1990

NARR 309-310

Shemot

 

Burial Of a Sefer Torah

109

1985

CARR 170-171

Shemot

 

Burial Of Human Skin From Holocaust Victim

107

1984

CARR 169

Shemot

 

Burial Of Old Bibles And Prayerbooks

108

1978

CARR 169-170