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RABBI: NORTHWEST ARKANSAS HAS VARIETY OF FUNERAL PRACTICES, VAST NUMBER OF CUSTOMS
Posted: September 7, 2013 at 1:21 a.m.
“Death is the most certain thing in the world; at some point, everyone must face it,” reads the Jewish Funeral Guide found on the website of the Jewish Federation of North America. “Jewish tradition deals extensively with every aspect of death, bereavement, burial and mourning. When confronted by death only an insensitive person would neglect to mourn for a loved one.” Funeral practices vary from person to person, Jew to Jew, in Northwest Arkansas, and a vast number of customs exist, said Jacob Adler, rabbi of Temple Shalom in Fayetteville. The Jewish population here represents most branches of Judaism — Orthodox, Reform, Conservative and Reconstructionist — and Jews of various beliefs identify with one of the area’s three congregations.
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Religion, Pages 10 on 09/07/2013