The Ziggy cartoon doesn’t often deal with death. However, in this cartoon, as Ziggy walks his dog by the Ritzo Funeral Home, their sign reads, “Who says you can’t take it with you?” This funeral home seems to suggest they can make that happen.
Have you ever noticed Ziggy is drawn without pants? In the Jewish burial tradition, bodies are dressed in tachrichim, a seven-piece ensemble made of cotton or linen. The pants have no openings for the feet, since they won’t be walking anywhere. And the pants have no pockets, because, let’s face it, you can’t take it with you.
To learn more about Jewish funeral and burial traditions, check out these videos from The Family Plot YouTube channel: