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What happened to the Jewish practice of using burial caves?

A three-part question about funerary practices. In ancient times, Jews used to bury people for a year or two, then, after the body decomposed, collect their bones and put them in a family cave. In ...
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Can you be buried in a Jewish Cemetery if you have a tattoo?

Can you be buried in a Jewish Cemetery if you have a tattoo? I.e., is it just urban legend that you can't?
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Where are Bilhah and Zilpa buried?

Where are Bilhah and Zilpa buried?
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In what garb does a Jew get buried?

According to some, Jewish people get buried in a Kittel. Is there a difference in the Halacha if the Kittel is pure linen or not?
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Why complain about Graves?

וַיֹּאמְרוּ אֶל מֹשֶׁה הַמִבְּלִי אֵין קְבָרִים בְּמִצְרַיִם (Ex 14:11) About what were the Jews complaining in particular?
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Washing Hands post Funeral

What is the proper way to wash after a Funeral or a visit to the Cemetery?
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Burial in Kittel

There is a custom for men to wear a Kittel, a special white robe, on the High Holidays and at the Pesach Seder. Also, a Kittel is one of the traditional Jewish burial garments. The same word is used ...
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Going to a levayah (funeral)

Can I get some info on meaning or purpose of attending a levayah of someone you knew? Like what's the idea behind it?
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Childrens' Tombstones

Why are childrens' tombstones smaller than those of adults?
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Burial of Children

Why is it customary to bury children on the outskirts or in a separate section of the cemetery?
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What are the oldest known Jewish graves/tombs?

I was thinking about old Jewish graves. Certainly there's Ma'aras HaMachpeila in Chevron (was that continuously identified by Jews, or did our identification rely on Arabs' identification) and the ...
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Why was Moshe buried alone?

Why did Hashem bury Moshe in an unknown place, and did not do so with other great Tzadikim like Avraham, Yitchak and Yaakov?
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Cremations for Jews?

Why shouldn't Jews be cremated?
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“How long is a Jewish funeral?”

A non-Jewish co-worker who was invited to a Jewish funeral asked me how long they typically are. I told her that, thank God, I hadn't been to many, but my understanding is that they probably vary a ...