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  • The Life and Death of the Friendly Casket Company

    February 17, 2016 | 3:58 am

    Our chevrah kadisha had a long and established relationship with a local casket maker, who suddenly went out of business about two years ago. Until that time, our caskets had been of consistent quality and price; a dark blue flocked material covering pressboard with plastic nails...

  • The Case Against A Kosher Casket

    July 30, 2014 | 3:04 pm

    Kosher means fit or proper for ritual use, but unlike the biblical delineation of which foods are kosher, there are no biblical rules to give guidance regarding manufacture of kosher caskets. The Talmud contains dozens of occurrences of Hebrew words that are translated to English...

  • The high cost of dying

    By Jane Ulman

    August 7, 2008 | 2:06 am

    A traditional Jewish funeral is simple and not ostentatious -- good news for people concerned about the high cost of dying. But while Jewish law doesn't require embalming, elaborate floral displays or 16-gauge metal caskets with tufted crepe interiors, it does require Jews to be...