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Brian Milner

Tue, Nov 29 11:00 AM

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Anna Sverdlova

Mon, Nov 28 12:00 PM

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Ira Rader

Mon, Nov 28 10:00 AM

Graveside Service

Sylvia Krym

Sun, Nov 27 2:00 PM

Graveside service

Lilia Lokshin

Sun, Nov 27 1:00 PM

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Joseph Klein

Sun, Nov 27 12:00 PM

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William Lifchus

Fri, Nov 25 1:00 PM

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Nathan Hayat

Wed, Nov 23 2:00 PM

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Zakhar Danishevsky

Wed, Nov 23 1:00 PM

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Emmanuel Kogan

Tue, Nov 22 2:00 PM

Graveside Service

Tatyana Yunes

Tue, Nov 22 12:00 PM

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Sabina Zofia Korman

Mon, Nov 21 1:00 PM

Pardes Shalom Cemetery...

Eva Horvath

Fri, Aug 26

Private

 

Betty Deskin

Thu, Aug 25

Private

 

Zena Alexandra Shapiro

Wed, Aug 10

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Solly Borenstein

Mon, May 30

Private

 

Sydney Martin Wise

Tue, May 24

Private

 

Ezra Dabush

Sun, May 15 9:00 AM

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Julia Edna Koschitzky

Tue, Mar 22 9:30 AM

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Raymond Brickman

Sun, Mar 13 9:15 AM

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Henrich Rafael

Tue, Feb 22

Private

 

Irine Kishinevsky

Sun, Feb 20

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Evelyn Tenenbaum

Thu, Feb 17

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Colman Brown

Tue, Feb 15

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Bella Liat Budd

Sun, Nov 27 11:30 AM

Bathurst Lawn Cemete...

Holy Blossom Memorial Park

Cemetery Address

72 Brimley Rd., Toronto, ON M1M 3T1 (On Brimley Road just north of St. Clair)

Cemetery Description

The Holy Blossom Temple sections in Pardes Shalom Cemetery are RR and TT. The cemetery is located on Dufferin Street, north of Major Mackenzie Drive.

Jewish Customs at Cemeteries

Basic respect should be shown. Refrain from eating, shouting, singing. Try to avoid walking on the graves if possible.

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A visit may evoke words of Psalms or the El Maleh Rahamim memorial prayer. Sephardic liturgy’s Hashkaba prayer is said in hope of a peaceful rest for the departed. Syrian Jews read the lines of long acrostic Psalm 119 that spell out the Hebrew name of the deceased. This psalm expresses loyalty to the word of God and hope for salvation. The words that come to mind are also prayers if only written in the prayer book of the heart.

With minor exception you can visit a cemetery or grave on virtually all weekdays. Visitation are customarily not made on chol ha’moed–the middle days of Passover and Succot–nor on Purim, as these are holy days of joy. While visitation of the grave is permitted at almost any time, excessive visits are discouraged. “The rabbis were apprehensive that frequent visiting to the cemetery might become a pattern of living thus preventing the bereaved from placing their dead in proper perspective” (The Jewish Way in Death and Mourning, Maurice Lamm, p. 192).

Because contact with a dead body is considered a defilement, Kohens are not allowed into a cemetery except in the case of a very close relative, because they would then be unclean and unable to perform their priestly function. For the rest of us, the mitzvah (blessing) of performing these services for a departed person outweigh the defilement of being made unclean.

Transitions in Jewish life are often accompanied by water. A body is bathed in a poignant, dignified ceremony before burial. Jews-by-choice mark their entry into the Jewish people by immersing themselves in mikveh waters. Similarly, hands are washed after a cemetery visit to mark the departure from the surroundings of death to an attachment with life. Many of the cemeteries in the Toronto area have hand washing stations, many of which have been built by Steeles Memorial Chapel

When visiting Jewish graves the custom is to place a small stone on the grave using the left hand. This shows that someone visited the gravesite, and is also a way of participating in the mitzvah of burial.

Leaving flowers is not a traditional Jewish practice.

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