'And to Dust You Shall Return': The Jewish Approach to Funerals and Burial

18 Pages Posted: 3 Sep 2013

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Hershey H. Friedman

Brooklyn College of the City University of New York

Date Written: September 2, 2013

Abstract

Jewish law is very concerned with the way to properly conduct a funeral. Funeral directors have an obligation to ensure that the cost of the funeral is not prohibitive since ostentatious funerals are prohibited in Jewish law. They are also not permitted to use deception to find ways to increase the cost of the funeral. There are special rules in the Torah that specifically address taking advantage of widows and orphans and thus funeral directors have to be especially careful in their business dealings. Various rules regarding respect for the dead are also discussed.

Keywords: Jewish ethics, Jewish business ethics, funeral costs, burial costs, respect for the dead, deception, and ethical pricing

JEL Classification: A22, A23, G18, G21, G28, M14, Q28, Q20, Q38, D81, M19

Suggested Citation

Friedman, Hershey H., 'And to Dust You Shall Return': The Jewish Approach to Funerals and Burial (September 2, 2013). Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2319558 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.2319558

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