The Chevra Kadisha, which literally means Holy Society, are a group of Jewish people who care for the deceased to prepare them for burial. This is seen as one of the most important Mitzvot (good deeds) you can do, as the deceased person cannot thank or repay you for the help you gave them. The process involves physically cleaning the deceased and then completing a ritual called Tahara, where the deceased is purified and dressed before burial. During this process the greatest respect is shown towards the deceased, which is called Kavod Ha’Met.
In this video we meet two people who are members of a Chevra Kadisha and see the process that the members complete to prepare deceased people for burial at Bushey Jewish Cemetery.
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