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Re:sound #60: The End as Beginning Show

This hour: Rebecca Sheir's The End as Beginning: An Audio Exploration of the Jewish View of Death, a trilogy that blends interviews, personal reflections, and music, and focuses on death and the Jewish tradition.

2007 / TCF / WBEZ 91.5, USA


This hour: Rebecca Sheir's The End as Beginning: An Audio Exploration of the Jewish View of Death, a trilogy that blends interviews, personal reflections, and music, and focuses on death and the Jewish tradition.

Part 1: Talking About It: The Jewish Mourning Process
by Rebecca Sheir (Re:sound premiere, 2007)
In Judaism, death is accepted as an unavoidable part of life -- one that's acknowledged and talked about extensively. Part 1 describes the Jewish mourning process.

Part 2: Honoring the Body: Taharah
by Rebecca Sheir (Re:sound premiere, 2007)
Honoring the Body: Taharah explores the ritualistic cleansing and preparation of the body before burial, a process meant to honor the deceased.
"Honoring the Body: Taharah" won the 2006 Third Coast Festival Director's Choice award.

Part 3: What Comes Next? Jews and the Afterlife
by Rebecca Sheir (Re:sound premiere, 2007)
In the most personal section of the trilogy, Sheir recalls her own grandmother's death and her childhood beliefs about the afterlife. She also interviews rabbis and scholars about one of the oldest questions in the world -- what comes next? -- only to discover, of course, that no one really knows.

This episode of Re:sound was produced by Roman Mars.

produced by

Rebecca Sheir

You may have caught Rebecca's work on Morning Edition, All Things Considered, Here & Now, The Splendid Table and Marketplace. As host and producer of AK and Metro Connection, she's whisked listeners around the wilds of Alaska and the streets of Washington, D.C. Rebecca has hosted the Folger Shakespeare Library's Shakespeare Unlimited podcast, as well as Slate Magazine's Placemakers and WBUR's Circle Round.

Roman Mars

Roman Mars (@romanmars) is the creator of 99% Invisible , a short radio show about design and architecture.


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