What do the Jewish burial rites reflect about the belief in God?
I think that there are some strong examples of how Jewish burial rites see death as part of a cycle where the divine is involved. Consider the invocation recited once someone receives news of death:
Barukh atah Adonai Eloheinu melekh ha'olam, dayan ha-emet.
The literal translation of such an invocation is the idea that God is the true force of definition and brings out the idea of being a "True Judge." This helps to bring out how practice and ritual in terms of death reflects the belief in God to a level of strength and absolute understanding about the nature of the divine in the face of mortality. The fact that the individuals who prepare the body for proper Jewish burial are those who...
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