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1,283. The Pallbearers
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198:11 The pallbearers should not wear sandals that don’t have heels since these can easily fall off. We are not concerned with this when it comes to regular shoes. 198:12 When the pallbearers carrying the deceased reach about 30 cubits from the grave (in the vicinity of 45 feet), they should stop every four cubits […]
1,282. Propriety en route to the Cemetery
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198:9 Nowadays, it is assumed that every Jew has learned some Written Torah and some Oral Torah. Therefore, when one dies, we even stop studying Torah to escort him. When it comes to a woman or a child, the custom is not to be so strict that we stop Torah study for the funeral procession. […]
1,281. Escorting the Deceased
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198:7 If a person cries over the death of a righteous person, G-d counts the tears and metaphorically “stores them in His treasury.” This is considered a rectification for certain sins and helps to protect one’s young children from death, G-d forbid. 198:8 If a person sees a funeral procession and does not escort the […]
1,280. Two Bodies to Bury
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198:5 If there are two bodies, the one who died first is taken out for burial first. After burying the first, we don’t stand by in a row and we don’t recite the blessing to the mourners or other words of comfort so that we should not to delay the second burial. If they want […]
1,279. Leaving the Deceased Overnight
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198:3 We are not permitted to let a deceased person remain unburied overnight as per Deuteronomy 21:23, “His body shall not remain overnight…you shall surely bury him the same day.” If one let the deceased remain overnight for the sake of his honor, such as to acquire a coffin or burial shrouds, or to wait […]
1,278. Death in the City vs. in a Small Town
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198:1 If there is a death in the city, the residents are not allowed to work. If there is a local burial society designated to take care of the needs of the deceased, then those who aren’t needed are permitted to work. 198:2 If there is a death in a small town, the residents don’t […]