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Anita Feinstein

Sun, Oct 02 2:00 PM

Graveside Service

Tsitsiliya Semchenko

Fri, Sep 30 1:30 PM

Graveside service at P...

Rose Romberg

Fri, Sep 30 1:00 PM

Graveside Service

John Fischer

Fri, Sep 30 12:00 PM

Graveside Service

Beverley Stallman

Fri, Sep 30 11:00 AM

Graveside service at P...

Shirley Sabina Reznick

Fri, Sep 30 11:00 AM

Graveside Service

Alla Medvedev

Fri, Sep 30 10:00 AM

Graveside service at P...

Jacob Bernard Lapidus

Thu, Sep 29 3:00 PM

Graveside Service

Leona Silver

Thu, Sep 29 2:30 PM

Burial in Ottawa

Jean Liebman

Thu, Sep 29 11:00 AM

Steeles Memorial Chapel

Helen Silverman

Wed, Sep 28 11:00 AM

Graveside service

Raya Gray

Sun, Sep 25 2:00 PM

Graveside service

Anita Feinstein

Sun, Oct 02 2:00 PM

Private

2 Elva Ct, (Bathurst/M...

Tsitsiliya Semchenko

Fri, Sep 30 1:30 PM

Private

 

Rose Romberg

Fri, Sep 30 1:00 PM

Private

 

John Fischer

Fri, Sep 30 12:00 PM

Private

Private Shiva

Beverley Stallman

Fri, Sep 30 11:00 AM

Private

 

Shirley Sabina Reznick

Fri, Sep 30 11:00 AM

Private

 

Alla Medvedev

Fri, Sep 30 10:00 AM

Private

 

Jacob Bernard Lapidus

Thu, Sep 29 3:00 PM

Private

401 Highcliffe Dr. Tho...

Leona Silver

Thu, Sep 29 2:30 PM

Private

 

Jean Liebman

Thu, Sep 29 11:00 AM

Private

 

Helen Silverman

Wed, Sep 28 11:00 AM

Private

 

Raya Gray

Sun, Sep 25 2:00 PM

Private

 

Sherwin (Sonny) Saltzberg

Sun, Oct 09 10:00 AM

Private

Mount Sinai Memorial...

Rena Meltz

Sun, Oct 02 2:30 PM

Private

Pardes Shalom Cemete...

Jewish Rites

jewish funeral

Judaism views life as the co-existence of body and soul. At death they separate. When a person dies, the soul or neshama stays close to the body that once housed it. It refuses to leave it until it is buried. Only then will the neshama begin to make its way into the realm of the spirits. For this reason a Jewish funeral is always performed as close as possible to the death. In the vicinity of a body one behaves with utmost respect, as if one were standing before a living person. For in a very real way, Judaism still sees the presence of both.

SHMIRAH – GUARD OF HONOUR
Until the body has been interred and covered by earth, a shomer or watchperson remains with it from the time of death. All the while, the shomer will continually recite tehilim. This is a great comfort to the deceased while awaiting burial of its physical form and prior to the spirit’s ascent to eternity.

TAHARA – PHYSICAL PURITY
The physical body is immaculately washed and cleaned and dressed in shrouds of hand-sewn, crisp white natural fabric before its return to earth. This sacred task is performed exclusively by the chevra kadisha, the sacred burial society. Everything is done according to Jewish law and custom, and the laws of hygiene. No unnatural beautification, cosmetics or artificial creation of a life-like appearance is done to the body.

A WOODEN CASKET
Wood, a natural, biodegradable material is the only material permitted for an outer container. Metal caskets are not allowed. Judaism teaches that the body must return to the elements: “For dust you are and to dust you shall return”

EARTH BURIAL
“The dust returns to the earth from where it came, but the spirit onto G-d who gave it.” Judaism teaches that the body must be returned to the earth where it can naturally continue its physical journey. Family and friends are encouraged to complete, if not at least take part in, the covering of the grave with earth. Cremation has no place in Judaism; in fact it is seen as an indignity to the body that housed the soul.

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