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1,277. Benefit from the Dead
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197:12 If a Jew was killed by an idolator, even if he didn’t bleed at all, such as if he was strangled, we bury him as he was found. This is done in order to stir G-d’s wrath against the perpetrator. 197:13 It is prohibited to derive benefit from a dead body – whether the […]
1,276. A Woman Who Dies in Childbirth
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197:10 Taharah is performed and burial shrouds are made even in a case where blood came out of the wounded person but it stopped, they removed his clothes, and he remained alive for several days before dying. Taharah is also performed even for one who is stained with his blood. There’s no concern that blood […]
1,275. One Who Died Suddenly
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197:8 When the deceased is taken from the house, we must be make sure that no one goes ahead of him. It doesn’t matter, however, if the pallbearers carrying the deceased need to precede him. 197:9 Regarding a person who suddenly fell down and died, if his body was wounded and bleeding and we suspect […]
1,274. After the Taharah
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197:6 After the deceased has been purified, he should not be left in the place where the purification was performed. Rather, he should be laid opposite the door inside the room. The board on which the deceased was purified should not be turned over, as this is considered a source of danger. 197:7 A person […]
1,273. More About the Taharah
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197:4 The next step of the taharah (purification) process is to beat an egg with wine. The egg is beaten in its shell as a symbol that the world is cyclical in nature. If no wine is available, water may be used. The deceased’s head is then washed with this mixture. Some places have the […]
1,272. The Taharah (Purification)
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197:2 A body is purified as follows: the whole body is washed in warm water, including the head. We clean it well, between the fingers and toes and all over.  The hair is washed, combed and cut. The nails of the hands and feet are cut, though in our lands the practice is not to […]
1,271. The Burial Shroud
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196:22 If a person loses a relative and is unaware, if there is no one else to make funeral arrangements, he should be told. If others are dealing with it, he should not be informed until after he has davened. If one’s wife lost a relative and she is unaware, the husband should act stringently […]