How can we help guide our children to live Godly lives amidst this kind of cultural climate?Brett Ullman discusses, from a parent’s perspective, sensitive topics affecting today’s young people including cutting, suicide, substance abuse, sex and violence.The practice of anointing varies over time and location, but in ancient tradition, the body was also anointed with oils and sometimes wrapped with aromatic herbs such as olive, laurel, palm and cypress to help fight the effects of the rapid decomposition that occurred in the Mediterranean heat.However, it should be noted that Reform Jews do not partake in tohorah.
According to the Torah, the Sabbath (from the Hebrew word meaning "rest") is a holy day and should be set aside for rest and reflection.
Similarly, religious festivals throughout the year also impact when burials may take place, as traditionally burials cannot be held on the first day of a festival and must be delayed until at least the second day.
In both ancient and modern Jewish practice, the body is ritually washed (in a process called tohorah) after death before being wrapped in a shroud.
Jewish burial customs are outlined within the Hebrew Bible, beginning in Genesis, where Abraham is shown procuring the proper burial for his wife, Sarah (Genesis 23).
As death and burial traditions are among the most stable aspects of society, modern Jewish burial practices show a remarkable consistency with the practices of the ancient world.