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Faculty Book: Samuel C. Heilman

Samuel C. Heilman

When a Jew Dies: The Ethnography of a Bereaved Son
(University of California Press, 2001; 271 pp.)

book cover imageSamuel C. Heilman, professor of sociology and Harold M. Proshansky Chair in Jewish Studies, has created a unique account of the traditional customs put into practice when a Jewish person dies in what is both an informative anthropological study of Jewish rites of mourning and a moving chronicle of the loss of his own father. Heilman's eloquent narrative—a rare event of first-person ethnography—crosses and re-crosses the boundary between the academic and the religious, the personal and the general, reflecting the author's changing roles as social scientist, bereaved son, and observant Jew. Winner of a Koret Jewish Book Award. Purchase this book

Submitted on: MAY 30, 2001

Category: Faculty Books, Sociology