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Tahara/The Preparation

A newborn is immediately cleansed and washed when it enters the world.  And so it is when a person leaves the world.  After all, the soul is about to be reborn in a new spiritual world.  We also believe that eventually the body will be resurrected in this world.  A Tahara is performed by members of the Chevra Kadisha (Burial Society). 

This is a complete cleansing and dressing of the body, performed according to Jewish Law and Custom.  Prayers are offered asking for the forgiveness of the deceased and for the soul's eternal peace. 

While Tahara requires that the body be made as presentable as possible, nevertheless, embalming, cosmeticizing or any attempts to create a life-like appearance through artificial means are contrary to Jewish Law.

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