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‘Under’s’ Rabbinic Supervision

URL: http://www.jewishjournal.com/arts/article/unders_rabbinic_supervision_20020412

"Six Feet Under" writer-producer Jill Soloway admits the HBO funeral parlor family drama is like a weekly commercial for taharah, the Jewish ritual of cleansing a dead body prior to burial. Forget the no-open-casket Jewish tradition: On Alan Ball's quirky hit, words like "skin slippage" are de rigueur and corpses are regularly drained and made-up for display. "It's pretty gross," concedes Temple Israel of Hollywood member Soloway, who's invented a rabbi character to proffer Jewish perspectives on death.

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