Chevra Kadisha - Ritual Practice
This course examines the role of the Jewish end-of-life practices, including pre-death matters such as Bikkur Cholim (visting the sick), ethical wills, Vidui (confession), practices from the moment of death through burial including Kri'ah, Taharah, Shmirah and burial itself, plus those after burial including Shiva, mourning and remembrance.
This course will look at both halachah (Jewish law) and minhag (Jewish custom) and examine the key texts involved throughout all of these stages. It is a continuation of Course 2, extending the ritual and liturgy studied to include aspects prior to and after the Taharah, permitting the potential expansion of the role of the Chevra Kadisha (or including those aspects to be performed by other organizations within the community.
This course is offered in the Fall of 2016, Winter of 2018, Fall of 2019 and Winter of 2021.