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    Jewish Funeral

    I am attending a Jewish funeral this weekend, and its my first Jewish one. I am not sure of the proper etiquette during the funeral (do I bring anything, what do I do, etc). Anyone with experience want to enlighten me? I'll obviously be wearing a black suit with a white shirt and black tie.
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    Tahara-the traditional preparation.

    The traditional washing and dressing of the deceased with dignity. Performed by trained members of the Chevra Kadisha (Sacred Society). Men prepare men while women prepare women in accordance with Jewish traditional law. Embalming, cosmetizing or any other artificial preparation of the remains is not permitted by Jewish law.

    Tachrichim-the burial shroud.

    A full set of tradtional white clothing, preferably made of linen, includes: hat, shirt, pants, jacket, belt, and wrapping sheet. This symbolizes equality and purity.

    Shmira-the watching of the remains.

    To show respect to the departed, never leaving the deceased alone until after burial.. Psalms are traditionally recited by the Shomer (Watcher).

    Aron-the burial casket.

    The wooden casket in keeping with the Biblical teaching "For dust art thou and to the dust thou shalt return" (Genesis 3:19)

    Kvurah B'karka-the burial in the ground.

    The actual burial must be in the ground, filling the grave completely until a mound is formed. To participate in filling the grave is a religious privilege and duty and is an expression of honor for the deceased. Cremation is unquestionably an abhorrent violation of Jewish law and cremains are not permitted burial in a Jewish cemetery according to Halacha. Even the will of the deceased is ignored and the will of G-d takes precedence. Mausoleums and above-ground burial are forbidden by tradition and Halachic law. The Biblical mandate for burial requires burial in the ground.

    Some general rules to follow:


    Seek education and learn about the beauty and the meaning of traditional Jewish burial practices.
    Call a Rabbi first to assist you and to guide the funeral arrangements you make.
    Interment should not be unneccessarily delayed.
    Ostentation should be avoided.
    The dress and behavior of family and friends should reflect the dignity and solemnity of the occasion.
    Visiting with and viewing of the remains are contrary to Jewish Law.
    Flowers and music have no place at the Jewish funeral service.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Turbinator View Post
    Tahara-the traditional preparation.

    The traditional washing and dressing of the deceased with dignity. Performed by trained members of the Chevra Kadisha (Sacred Society). Men prepare men while women prepare women in accordance with Jewish traditional law. Embalming, cosmetizing or any other artificial preparation of the remains is not permitted by Jewish law.
    Wouldn't that mean that Jewish people have to be cremated, by law? I thought you had to embalm a body if you wanted to bury it. Maybe it's just if you want to bury it after a certain number of days or something.

    By the way, I'm not sure that post really answered the original question. I think he's just attending the funeral, rather than organising it.
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    Quote Originally Posted by FaaipDeOiad View Post
    Wouldn't that mean that Jewish people have to be cremated, by law? I thought you had to embalm a body if you wanted to bury it. Maybe it's just if you want to bury it after a certain number of days or something.

    By the way, I'm not sure that post really answered the original question. I think he's just attending the funeral, rather than organising it.
    Well he did say "I am not sure of the proper etiquette during the funeral (do I bring anything, what do I do, etc)."

    Anyways, there is a little bit of extra information in there too that might help, and worst comes to worst, atleast he'll know what to expect.

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    Also, SS just try not to be pessimist and refrain from comments like "Why cry, he had to die sometime".

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    Quote Originally Posted by silentstriker View Post
    I am not sure of the proper etiquette during the funeral (do I bring anything, what do I do, etc).
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    Quote Originally Posted by Turbinator View Post
    Also, SS just try not to be pessimist and refrain from comments like "Why cry, he had to die sometime".
    LOL. I can see someone doing that at a Jewish funeral.

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    Quote Originally Posted by nightprowler10 View Post
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