Originally published in the Jewish Law Annual 7 (1988), p. 293.
Aaron Levine, Zikhron Meir al Aveylut, Toronto: Zikhron Meir Publications 1985, Vol. I, pp. xxxiv, 765. This work is described on the English backpaper as : “A New Encyclopedic Compilation of the Laws, Customs, Prayers and Supplications Pertaining to Sickness, Death, and Mourning”. The Volume takes any reader as far as he is likely to wish to go through to the burial. The actual laws of mourning will be treated in the second volume still to appear. The author, aware of how many of these laws are based on custom, first embarks on a very learned examination of the role of custom in the Halakhah but fails to note the distinction between legal and folk custom. L.J.