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Shmirah/The Vigil

Now more than ever, the body deserves respect. 

After all, there is real awareness around the body that knows exactly what is going on.  It would be insensitive to leave the body alone, without any attention, as if it were being discarded because it was no longer useful. 

Arrangements for a shomer or guard should, therefore, be made.  These watchmen stay with the body day and night, reciting passages from the book of Psalms. 

Thus lends great comfort to the neshama while it awaits the body's burial and its ascent to the Eternal World.


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