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The first-time visitor's guide to the levaya
Attending a funeral can be intimidating, whether this is your first time attending or you have been to many funerals. What do I do? What do I say?
The reason behind the Jewish custom of burying a person almost immediately after his or her passing.
With Honor and Dignity - Part 2
Death is a subject most painful to discuss, yet it is critically important that we seek guidance and wisdom from the Torah. This second class of a three-part series titled ‘With Honor & Dignity” addresses the funeral traditions and the mourning process.
Part 1
Insights on the traditions of Jewish burial and the subsequent mourning period.
The appropriate procedure in tending to the dead and bringing them to their final resting in Jewish law.
A Jewish funeral is distinguished by its simplicity, humility and solemnity. It emphasizes the spiritual and sublime over the physical and material.
Indeed, in many communities it is customary for those in attendance to line up and everyone places three spadefuls of dirt over the coffin after it is placed in the ground. There are less common customs for each person to place five or thirteen spadefuls....
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