The Mitzvah of Burial: Respecting the Dignity of the Deceased

Respectful treatment of the recently deceased and a prompt burial is one of the greatest mitzvahs, or commandments, of the Jewish faith. The corpse is carefully handled to preserve the integrity...

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The Sacred Jewish Tradition of Casketless Funerals

"For dust you are, and to dust you shall return." — Genesis 3:19

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What to Expect at a Jewish Funeral

As a sign of honor to the departed, Jewish customs require that the funeral happens as soon as possible. Burials allow the body to decompose naturally. Accompanying the dead in the final journey...

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Taharas and Shomers

As a student at the University of Houston, I attended the weekly “Lunch and Learns” at Hillel. During one of these lunches, the President of Houston Chevra Kadisha taught us about the “tahara”...

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Sympathy Gifts for Jewish Funerals

When you think of funerals, many people automatically think of flowers. However, this imagery does not really apply to a traditional Jewish funeral. So what should you bring to a Jewish funeral...

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What Makes a Cemetery Jewish?

Every traditional Jewish funeral has a particular set of customs that make it “Jewish,” such as using a kosher casket, performing a Taharah, and reciting the Mourner’s Kaddish. However, do you...

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