This booklet was created by a group of rabbinical students at the Jewish Theological Seminary in a class called Pastoral TorahThe Five Books of Moses, and the foundation of all of Jewish life and lore. The Torah is considered the heart and soul of the Jewish people, and study of the Torah is a high mitzvah. The Torah itself a scroll that is hand lettered on parchment, elaborately dressed and decorated, and stored in a decorative ark. It is chanted aloud on Mondays, Thursdays, and Shabbat, according to a yearly cycle. Sometimes "Torah" is used as a colloquial term for Jewish learning and narrative in general. on Dying and Death. It offers commentary on traditional and contemporary texts in our tradition related to the subject, and is meant to promote thought and discussion of end of life.