Author Doron Kornbluth to lead Lawrence discussion on Jewish approach to end-of-life issues

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Internationally recognized author and speaker Doron Kornbluth will be in Lawrence on Sunday to discuss the Jewish approach to burial, cremation and end-of-life issues.

Rabbi Zalman Tiechtel said that in his capacity as the local rabbi, he encounters a lot of confusion about how people should deal with these issues and the proper ways to respect the deceased. This event will allow attendees to explore Jewish views on these matters.

“We feel this is a very important event to educate the community,” Tiechtel said via email.

Kornbluth is an accomplished author and speaker with several books to his name, including “Cremation or Burial? A Jewish View.” He has dedicated years to studying the topic, speaking with experts, consulting environmentalists, and examining both the realities on the ground and the philosophies behind burial and cremation, according to event organizers.

“We hope you can join us as we explore together the Jewish view on end-of-life issues, Jewish burial, and afterlife,” Tiechtel wrote. “There is an ancient Jewish tradition that discussing this topic and preparing for the transition to afterlife, is in itself a great blessing for a long life!”

Kornbluth’s talk — set for noon on Sunday, April 23 at the Carnegie Building, 200 W. Ninth St. — is free and open to all members of the community. A brunch of bagels and lox will be served. Organizers ask attendees to RSVP by emailing or calling 785-832-8672, extension 2.

The event is sponsored by Rumsey-Yost Funeral Home in partnership with KU Chabad.

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