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Anna Kaufman

Sun, Aug 01

Burial in Montreal

Lev Levitas

Thu, Jul 29

Private Family Service

Ganit Eshel

Wed, Jul 28

Private Family Service

Mania Nodel

Tue, Jul 27

Private Family Service

Adolf Kleiner

Tue, Jul 27

Private Family Service

Evelyn Mintz

Tue, Jul 27

Private Family Service

Harvey Drukarsh

Mon, Jul 26

Private Family Service

Bryan Adam Cohen

Sun, Jul 25

Private Family Service

Louis Freedman

Sun, Jul 25

Private Family Service

Hannah Enchin

Sun, Jul 25

Private Family Service

Sam S. Bornstein

Fri, Jul 23

Private Family Service

Esfir Galkina

Thu, Jul 22

Private Family Service

Anna Kaufman

Sun, Aug 01

Private

 

Lev Levitas

Thu, Jul 29

Private

 

Ganit Eshel

Wed, Jul 28

Private

 

Mania Nodel

Tue, Jul 27

Private

 

Adolf Kleiner

Tue, Jul 27

Private

 

Evelyn Mintz

Tue, Jul 27

Private

 

Harvey Drukarsh

Mon, Jul 26

Private

 

Bryan Adam Cohen

Sun, Jul 25

Private

 

Louis Freedman

Sun, Jul 25

Private

 

Sam S. Bornstein

Fri, Jul 23

Private

 

Esfir Galkina

Thu, Jul 22

Private

 

Gil Meir Segal

Mon, Jul 19

Private

 

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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