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November 22, 1974 - Image 25

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The Detroit Jewish News, 1974-11-22

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Burial and Mourning Rites Challenged by Detroit Conservative Rabbis

Responding to violations of
traditional Jewish practices
relating to funerals and to
mourning, -and in particular
to the' increasing incidence
of the practices of embalm-
ing and cremation among
Jews, the Conservative Rab-
bis of metropolitan—Detroit
are issuing a statement en-
titled "In Time of Sorrow."
The statement sets forth in
clear and succinct language

the traditional Jewish observ-
ances and procedures in re-
sponse to death and is in-
tended to serve as a guide
for Conservative Jewish fam-
ilies who experience a be-
reavement. The statement
was released to The Jewish
News by Rabbi MoseS Lehr-
man of Cong. Bnai Moshe,
chairman of the rabbis'
group.
Rabbi Lehrman noted that
many Jews are unaware that
Judaism opposes embalming
THE DETROIT JEWISH NEWS
and cremation, and since
Friday, Noy. 2Z 1974-25 these
procedures are com-
monly practiced in America,
increasing numbers of jews
THE FINEST
are adopting them.
VALUES
Rabbi Lehrman added,
"These 'are not the only vio-
IN THE
lations of Jewish law, how-
ever. We are also disturbed
COUNTRY
over the current practice of
viewing the body prior to the
funeral service and the use
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ticularly disturbed at the
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practice of turning the'
mourning period of shiva
11 to 4
into a time of socializing

-

HARRY THOMAS

rather than a moment for of-
fering comfort to the be-
reaved."
The Conservative rabbis'
statement stresses their af-
firmation of the following
practices:
• A wooden casket should
be chosen, in accordance
with Jewish tradition. In ad-
dition, the casket should be
simple to avoid ostentation
at a time of death.
* The practice of publicly
viewing the body, either as
part of a prior visitation, or
immediately preceding the
funeral service, is contrary
to Jewish tradition, and is
discouraged.
• The traditional tahara
(ritual cleansing) of the
body is properly performed
by Jewish men and women.
In addition, the traditional
garb of tachrichim (shrouds)
and head covering is the
proper way for the Jewish
deceased to be buried. The
body of a man -should be
dressed in talit; if possible,
the one worn in his lifetime.
The guide also covers the

conduct of people in attend-
ance at funeral services, and
the practices that are to be
observed during the period
of shiva.
The rabbis reiterate that

shiva is a seven-day period
of intensive mourning. Those
who visit the mourners to
console them during 'this time
are urged to remember that
it is a period of sharing grief

and giving solace and not a
moment for light socializing.
"In Time of Sorrow" will
soon be published in bulle-
tins of Conservative congre-
gations. In addition, the rab-
bis are planning a series of
seminars to take place in
each congreation to discuss
fully the Jewish approach
to death. -
The directors of both He-
brew Memorial and Ira
Kaufman chapels have been
consulted by thrabbis, and
their cooperation enlisted in
encouraging Conserva-
tive Jewish families to ob-
serve the standards of Jew-
ish tradition incorporated in
this guide.
The Conservative Rabbis
of Metropolitan Detroit is a
group of rabbis affiliated
with the Rabbinical AsSem-
bly of America.
Copies of the full text. of
"In Time of Sorrow" are
Chief Rabbi of Israel, Shlomo Goren, recently visited available from any of the
Jeivish National Fund—prepared settlements in the Negev rabbis: Milton Arm, Cong.
and Sinai regions. Chief Rabbi Goren is shown at the site Beth Ahim; Noah Gamze,
of a new regional center in the Sinai, Avshalom ("Yamit"), the Downtown Synagogue:
now under construction by the fund.
Benjamin Gorrelick, . rabbi
emeritus, Cong. Beth Achim;
Irwin Groner, Cone. Shaarey
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Lehrman, Conci. Bnai Moshe
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Cong. Bnai Moshe: Seymour
Rosenbaum, assistant rabbi,
Cong. Mai Moshe; Seymour
Rosenbloom, associate_ rabbi,
Adat Shalom Synagogue; A.
Irving S'chnipper, Cong. Beth
Moses; Jacob E. Segal. Adat
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