Light and Consolation

Shmuel Glick


Light and Consolation deals with the nature and development of consolation customs in Jewish communities from biblical days to modern times. Jewish laws of comforting and mourning are a complex maze of customs based on Talmudic precedent or practices based on mystical background. While most Jewish books on death and mourning focus on the mourner, few adequately describe the role and behavior of the comforter. The present volume emphasizes that aspect. Tracing talmudic, legal and historical sources, Light and Consolation gives readers a comprehensive survey of Jewish practices for offering comfort and succor for mourners. Dr. Shmuel Glick, director of the Schocken Institute for Jewish Research of Jewish Theological Seminary in Jerusalem. He is Professor Rabbinic literature and Jewish Education at the Schechter Institute for Jewish Studies., and the Head of the Center for Jewish Educational Thought at the Lifshitz Teacher`s College in Jerusalem. Professor Glick has published the books: Or Le’Avel: The Development of Mourning Customs in Jewish Tradition; Or Ve-Nihumim: The Development of Jewish Customs of Consolation following Bereavement; Or Nagah Aleihem: Marriage and Mourning Customs in Jewish Tradition; Education in Light of Israeli Law and Halakhic Literature. He edited and revised the new edition of Simcha Assaf’s classic, Mekorot le-Toldot ha-Hinukh be-Yisrael.


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