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  • 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...
  • Trendy, traditional and taboo:
    An incomplete guide to Jewish funerals and burial

    By Jane Ulman

    August 7, 2008 | 1:37 am

    When Eileen Isenberg thinks about her own funeral, she has a very clear picture in her mind.

    "First I want 20 minutes of sad," she said, to allow people to remember her, with the second movement of Mozart's 21st Piano Concerto playing in the background.

    "Then I want people to...

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