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Steven Mitchell Anker

Thu, Oct 22

Private Family Service

Ruth Waters

Wed, Oct 21

Private Family Service

Yetta Shuster

Wed, Oct 21

Private Family Service

Murray Satov

Wed, Oct 21

Private Family Service

Eugene Feiger

Wed, Oct 21

Private Family Service

Jacqueline Rotblott

Tue, Oct 20

Private Family Service

Rose Besser

Mon, Oct 19 1:00 PM

 

Donald Joseph Hoffman

Mon, Oct 19

Private Family Service

Rachel Keter

Sun, Oct 18

Private Family Service

Mae Fine

Sun, Oct 18

Private Family Service

Margaret Reich

Fri, Oct 16

Private Family Service

Aviva Brickman

Fri, Oct 16

Private Family Service

Steven Mitchell Anker

Thu, Oct 22

Private

 

Eugene Feiger

Wed, Oct 21

Private

 

Jacqueline Rotblott

Tue, Oct 20

Private

 

Rose Besser

Mon, Oct 19 1:00 PM

Private

 

Donald Joseph Hoffman

Mon, Oct 19

Private

 

Rachel Keter

Sun, Oct 18

Private

 

Mae Fine

Sun, Oct 18

Private

 

Margaret Reich

Fri, Oct 16

Private

 

Aviva Brickman

Fri, Oct 16

Private

 

Gail Pellat

Fri, Oct 16

Private

 

Dr. J. Barrie Ross

Fri, Oct 16

Private

 

Gennadi Reizenson

Fri, Oct 16

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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