Taharah practices have deep historical roots. Beginning in Mishnaic times, specific procedures and customs evolved in various locations and through many generations. As a result, numerous traditions exist today. This booklet is one link in the chain of our Jewish tradition. Chesed Shel Emet: The Truest Act of Kindness details the ritual of preparing a body for burial. Our new edition adds a liturgical understanding of the prayers that are said while performing a taharah. This booklet is an essential resource for any existing Chevra Kadisha or for a community interested in forming one.
"This is a fascinating book, not only for those who do taharah, but for all of us. It taught me to understand the meaning of the rituals and the prayers of taharah in a whole new way. Its authors are to be thanked for having given us a fresh perspective, not only on death, but on life as well."
Rabbi Jack Riemer, co-editor of
So That Your Values Live On
editor of Jewish Reflections On Death
Other titles in this series include Give Me Your Hand and K'vod Hamet.
- Item Number: TW250
- ISBN-10 : 0-939144-71-9
- ISBN-13 : 978-0-939144-71-6