Death rites

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Death rites

When someone dies Jews say Kaddish (Kaddish is often called a funeral prayer but it is actually a prayer praising G-d).As soon as someone dies preparations are made for burial which must take place as quickly as possible.Upon the death, the eyes are closed, the body is covered and laid on the floor, and candles are lit next to it. The body is never left alone as a sign of respect.Open caskets are forbidden by Jewish law, as it would be disrespectful to allow any enemies of the dead to view them in their helpless state. Bodies are buried in a simple linen shroud, so that the poor will not receive less honor than the rich. The body is also wrapped in a tallit.


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