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In The Apprenticeship of Duddy Kravitz we get to watch Duddy grow up see many Jewish traditions the ritual of the bar-mitzvah the Jewish food and the funeral rites observed by the people of his faith Funerals have many different procedures depending on the persons religion and their wishes Judaism like other religions does have many laws and traditions regarding funerals and mourning There are seven immediate family members who are expected to attend the mourning period The seven members are not allowed to wear leather shoes put on makeup or perfume shave cut their hair or take a bath All mirrors in their houses are covered and the mourners have to sit on low stools or on the floor Its custom to start the burial as quickly as possible It is considered discourteous to delay the burial process Jewish people do not have a wake cremation is not allowed in the Jewish law since their bodies were given to them as a gift from God They are expected to take care of themselves and return it in the best of condition Autopsies are also not allowed according to the Orthodox law In the novel The Apprenticeship of Duddy Kravitz it however does not explain about the Jewish funerals it only states Your uncle Benjy died at three oclock this morning He passes away in his sleep and he didnt suffer They try put it very lightly so that it sounds more peaceful The Jewish law states a boy is a bar-mitzvah when he turns thirteen and reaches his adulthood A Jewish girl becomes a bat-mitzvah when she turns twelve Girls achieve the adulthood a year earlier than boys since they are considered to be more emotionally and physically matured The term bar-mitzvah means Son of Commandment The term bat-mitzvah means Daughter of Commandment Bar and bat mitzvahs are celebrated with a festive meal and are accompanied by speeches from close friends and family Duddy
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