A tradition practiced for generations in some French-Jewish communities brings home the concept that death is part of life. Answering the call of faith, men would construct a table from suitable wood that would be used for daily meals and interactions. When the men died, the wood from those very tables would be recycled to build their coffins.
Imagine a man’s family and friends coming to his funeral and seeing his casket, which in its previous incarnation had been the table they had once sat around, eating, talking, laughing, arguing, and apologizing.
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