There is both certainty and mystery in life’s limitation
As we begin the taharah, the physical washing of the dead person, we acknowledge God’s welling amongst us.
Was human death part of God’s original plan or was it introduced only as a punishment?
Rabbi Joseph B. Soloveitchik, Out of the Whirlwind: Essays on Mourning, Suffering
and the Human Condition, Ed. David Schatz, Joel B. Wolowelsky, and Rueven Ziegler.
Rachel S. Hallote, Ivan R. Dee, Death, Burial and Afterlife in the Biblical World, Ed. David Hazony