Winner 2016 Nautilus Award
Silver, Death & Dying/Grief & Loss
Jewish Rites of Death:
Praise for Jewish Rites of Death: Stories of Beauty and Transformation
Profoundly insightful, inspired and inspiring, impressively well written, organized and presented, "Jewish Rites Of Death" is a unique and very highly recommended addition to personal, synagogue, community, and academic library Judaic Studies instructional reference collections and supplemental studies reading lists.
—Michael J. Carson, Midwest Book Review
Sogyal Rinpoche calls Death, “a mirror in which the entire meaning of Life is reflected.” Rites of Death is a beautiful and inspiring reflection, offering Jewish wisdom that illuminates the greatest mystery that we all must face. With unflinching courage and open-hearted tenderness, Rick Light faces Death, revealing its power to open us to the preciousness of Life. Rites of Death achieves the rare integration of practicality and poetry.
—Rabbi Shefa Gold, author of The Magic of Hebrew Chant: Healing the Spirit, Transforming the Mind, Deepening Love
In Rites of Death, Rick Light has captured the essence of Jewish respect for the body that once housed the soul. Accompanied by sensitive photographs, this moving compilation of personal experiences, poems, and practical guidance walks the reader through taharah, the Jewish ritual preparation of the body before burial. Rick Light is a highly qualified and eloquent spokesperson for the incorporation of these Jewish practices associated with death and dying.
—Rabbi Jack Shlachter, Rabbi Emeritus, Los Alamos Jewish Center; and Rabbi, HaMakom: The Place for Passionate and Progressive Judaism, in Santa Fe, New Mexico