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Conforming to Jewish Law
If it is your family’s wish to conform with Jewish law when a
loved one dies, there are certain customs, listed below, that
need to be followed.
What happens to the Souls after death should make all the
difference in your burial decisions.
When a person dies, the soul or neshama hovers around the
body. This neshama is the essence of the person, the
consciousness and totality; the thoughts, deeds, experiences
and relationships. The body was its container, while it lasted,
and the neshama, now on the way to the Eternal World,
refuses to leave until the body is buried.
In effect, the totality of the person who died continues to
exist for awhile in the vicinity of the body.
A Jewish funeral is therefore most concerned with the feelings
of the deceased, not only the feelings of the mourners. How
we treat the body and how we behave around the body must
reflect how we would act around the very person his or
herself at this crucial moment.
TachrichimThe body leaves the world the way it entered. A
newborn is immediately cleaned and washed when it enters
the world. And so it is when a person leaves the world. After
all, the soul is about to be reborn in a new spiritual world. We
also believe that eventually the body will be resurrected in
the world. A Tahara performed by members of the Chevra
Kadisha (Burial Society). This is a complete cleansing and
dressing of the body, performed according to Jewish Law and
Custom. Prayers asking for the forgiveness of the deceased
and the soul’s eternal peace are offered. While Tahara
requires that the body be made as presentable as possible,
embalming, cosmetizing, or any other attempts to create a
life-like appearance through artificial means are contrary to
Dressing for the final Yom Kippur. The neshama is about to
face its final Judgement Day and clothes don’t matter-good
deeds do. That’s why every Jew is buried exactly alike; In a
handmade, simple, perfectly clean white linen shroud which
includes a white linen hat, shirt, pants, shoes, coat and a
belt. Men are dressed in a tallis (prayer shawl). The shrouds
have no pockets to accentuate the fact that no worldly
belongings accompany you. The shrouds are modeled after
the white uniform worn by the High Priest in the Holy Temple
on Yom Kippur when he stood before G-d asking for the
needs of his family and the entire Jewish People. These
shrouds are therefore especially appropriate because each
and every neshama asks for the needs of his or her family on
the final Judgement Day.
Allowing the body’s natural return to dust to be as swift as
“For dust you are and to dust you shall return.” This biblical
teaching is what guides us in selecting a casket. The casket
must not be made of a material that slows down the body’s
natural return to the elements. Metal caskets are therefore
not permitted. Wood is the only material allowed and several
holes are opened at the bottom to hasten the body’s return
to the earth. Caskets remain closed because viewing the body
is seen as disrespectful and undignified and is therefore
forbidden according to Jewish Law.
From the moment of death to the moment of burial the body
is never to be left alone. Now more than ever, the body
deserves respect. After all, there is a real awareness around
the body that knows exactly what is going on. It would be
insensitive to leave the body alone, without any attention, as
if it were being discarded because it was no longer useful.
Arrangements for a shomer or guard should therefore be
made. These watchmen stay with the body day and night,
reciting passages from the Book of Psalms. This lends great
comfort to the neshama while it waits for the body’s burial
and its ascent to the Eternal World.
Kvura BiKarka/In-Ground Burial
The natural decomposition of the body is of utmost
importance in Jewish Law. The neshama’s return to heaven is
dependent upon the body’s return to burial the ground. That’
s what the Prophet means when he says, “The dust returns to
the earth. And the spirit returns to G-d who gave it.” Jewish
Law is therefore concerned with the immediacy of burial and
the natural decomposition of the body. Mausoleums are
forbidden since they retard the process of return to the earth.
Cremation is certainly forbidden. It is the harshest form of
indignity to the body and a pagan ritual that denies the
existence of G-d. The only acceptable burial is directly in the
ground, with family members and friends helping to fill the
grave completely until a mound is formed. No attempt to
retard the body’s decomposition is permitted.