Understanding Jewish Funerals

Many Jewish funeral customs date back to biblical times and are still practiced today. Traditionally, Jewish funerals and burials take place twenty-four to forty-eight hours after one passes away. However, in today's society, with certain barriers in place including distance or health, this may not be feasible.

When a person passes away, some choose to honor the deceased with a tahara, a ritual purification, and dressing the body in a shroud prior to the burial. This ceremonial ritual, customarily performed by the Chevra Kadisha, may be considered a symbol of purification and equality.

Some Jewish funerals require a Minyan to recite the Mourner's Kaddish. A minyan is a group of 10 people, over the age of 13, and can be composed of either all men or men and women. Many communities have members who volunteer to be part of a minyan to ensure the recitation of the Kaddish, providing additional support and comfort to mourners.

The rich traditions of the Jewish people continue to be practiced regardless of geography and help unite Jewish communities around the world as one. If you have further questions regarding Jewish funeral traditions, we recommend consulting a rabbi.

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