ALBANY–A new course taught by Rabbi David Katz at B’nai Sholom Reform Congregation in Albany will look at Jewish beliefs and practices surrounding death and afterlife. “Life After Death: Beliefs and Customs” will be offered four Wednesdays beginning Feb. 17, 7-8 p.m. via Zoom.
Does Judaism teach that there is life after death? If so, what is it supposed to be like? What if we don’t believe in a “world to come”? What should we say to our children or grandchildren if we ourselves have doubts? When a loved one dies, what are the first things to do, or not do?
This four-week course will explore many of the Jewish beliefs and practices surrounding death: the meaning behind placing pebbles on gravestones; the best yahrtzeit candle; why a ribbon is torn before the funeral and what the words mean to the blessing recited before it is cut; why the door at a house of mourning is left ajar and what should be said or not said to a mourner; and more.
Registration is required. Cost is $20; for the community and for B’nai Sholom members, it is $15. Registrants will receive a confirmation e-mail with links to access the course.
The B’nai Sholom office at 518-482-5283 or firstname.lastname@example.org can provide details.