chapter  2
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JEWISH DEATH CUSTOMS BEFORE THE RABBIS

As in all matters of human social practice, no generation originates its own death customs, in their multifarious details. There are always traditions concerning death, and subsequent generations will learn those traditions, finding their customs and understandings profoundly influenced by those who came before. At the same time, there is always the possibility of change. What a prior generation believed may be implausible to a later generation. As conditions change, so too will beliefs, and as beliefs change, so too, inevitably, will practice.