chapter  3
Death in Jewish Thought
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Over the centuries the rabbis have evolved patterns of practices for the rites of death. Even though Judaism recognizes the value of his tor ical continuity and tradition, there is no single path to the varied rituals and theology of death. For example, traditional Judaism is opposed to cremation as a denial of belief in bodily resurrection. On the other hand, a prominent liberal rabbi in Cleveland writes, "I have no particular faith in physical resurrection. About one in ten fUIlerals in which I officiate involves cremation." Although some rabbis might forbid cornea transplantation, among some of the Orthodox scholars, permission would be granted on the grounds that organ donation would help restore the sight of the living.