Religion: Corpse Woman

From Rosh Hashanah last fortnight until Yom Kippur last week, hundreds of thousands of Jews in Manhattan freed themselves from mundane cares, piously to pass the Jewish time of self-examination. God was balancing His books, which would be closed on the Day of Atonement. But in the teeming lower East Side one family sat in sorrow. They slit their garments. No chair or sofa would they sit on: only rough boxes. They were "sitting shivah"—mourning a dead daughter.

To the Jewish Conciliation Court, an unofficial body composed of Magistrate Louis B. Brodsky. Rabbi Alexander...

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