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Making the Proper Preparations for Loved Ones
Rabbi Zohn presents the Jewish view on death, burial and the afterlife, and how to pragmatically prepare for it in the Jewish tradition.
My hope is that this letter, an artifice to ease my double grief over your death and cremation, will reach other Jews in the same plight, children and parents.
A eulogy honors the deceased and celebrates all the beautiful deeds and qualities he or she possessed. Why is this not done in Chabad?
It is considered a sacred duty and a great kindness to be a part of the Chevra Kadisha, and it is an honor to be included in this group of dedicated volunteers.
Whenever holiness departs, negative forces try to fill the void.
The sanctity of the human body after death
One Sunday when I lived in Vilnius, Lithuania, the Chabad rabbi in the city, Rabbi Sholom Ber Krinsky and I visited the ancient city’s Jewish cemetery to perform a taharah—the ritual washing and cleansing of the deceased. Boris (or Ber, as he had been nam...
The custom of burying our loved ones specifically in Israel is as old as the Jewish nation itself.
I always appreciated getting one last look at the deceased . . .
“You should do it. It’ll give you something to write about!” my husband’s cousin Rochel effused in her inimitable, hard-to-refuse way.
There are a number of reasons given for this custom, on both a basic level as well as a more esoteric one.
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