Body Fluids: Life and Death

By Anat Litwin

Jewish Family & Life (JFL Media), April 2009

Litwin notes that body fluids are often associated with emotional and symbolic attributes, marking a transgression that unfolds on two frontiers: internal versus external and life versus death. She speaks about purification through ritual, which sets clear boundaries between life and death, and through art, which blurs those boundaries. Both means share a quest for transcendence.

Topic: Body, Art, Ritual, Death and Mourning, Jewish Text

Name of Publication: Sh'ma: A Journal of Jewish Ideas

Editor: Berrin, Susan

Volume/Issue: Vol.39/no.659

Page Number(s): 7-8

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Genre: Article

Coverage: United States

Language: English

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Bibliographic Information:
Litwin, Anat. Body Fluids: Life and Death. Sh'ma: A Journal of Jewish Ideas. Jewish Family & Life (JFL Media). April 2009: 7-8.


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