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 Nihum Avieilim, Give Me Your Hand, and K'vod Hamet.
Item Number: TW250
ISBN-10 : 0-939144-71-9
ISBN-13 : 978-0-939144-71-6