The Jewish approach to death and mourning is guided by four basic principles:
1. Recognition of the reality of death
2. Moderation in grief
3. Respect for the dead
4. Equality in death
It is in accordance with these principles that the laws, customs and practices of Judaism have developed. These reflect, in turn, the wisdom and the spiritual and psychological insights of generations of Jewish scholars and lay people. The recommendations and background provided here are set forth as a tribute to those who prepared the way for us.
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