June 15th, 2008

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Odd Reflections: Chevra Kadisha

A conversation with my brother had me reflecting on when I used to work with the chevra kaddisha. For those unfamiliar, the "holy brotherhood" (as is the translation) are those that are responsible for the ritual preparation of a dead Jew. Men do the tahara (purification) for men, women for women. A dead body (any dead body, Jewish or not) is considered worthy of respect because it once housed a soul and is thus made in the image of God.
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