You already know my interest in finding obscure and odd taxonomies. Remember the hipster taxonomy or the taxonomy of psychopaths? My latest find has taken a bit of a twisted turn but still lies in the world of tradition. It was found on Forward in their article, “The Taxonomy of the Jewish Casket.”

While not an official taxonomy, the video takes you through the various types or classifications of caskets specific to the Jewish faith. The details are certainly what creates the various classifications. The days of a plain pine box are behind us.

According to Jewish law, a casket must be made of wood — it must be completely free of metal. Every Jewish casket has holes in the bottom so that the earth can come through the wood. These are just a few of the characteristics that begin to mold the categories.

Melody K. Smith

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