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The Key events that take place during and after a Jewish Funeral.

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AO1 The Key events that take place during and after a Jewish Funeral The Jewish religion strongly stresses that everyone who dies, dies in the good hands of God. From the time of death until the time when a person is buried there is a Jewish tradition that a close relative should stay with the body. A short time of one or two days during this time the mourner is called an onan, onans are released from all other religious responsibilities during this time and the main task in this time is to arrange the funeral. Onan's accustomed not too eat meat or drink any wine. Traditionally when a Jew dies he/she is buried, however Reform Judaism does not particularly object to cremation but strong Orthodox Jews believe that the Torah says that the man must return to the dust. ...read more.


The customs are there for the intention to help people mourn and gradually try to return to their normal life styles. A seven-day period of mourning follows the funeral. This being the most important time for deep mourning, which is called Shiva. The members of the family remain at home, cared for by friends who bring food and encourage mourners to talk of their loss. Three times a day relatives and members of the synagogue visit the homes of the mourners to pray. However, there is no mourning on Shabbat and the mourners attend the synagogue service. During this week of mourning, the mourners sit on low chairs or the floor to receive visitors. They must do anything, which includes pleasure or comfort. This including not shaving, not cutting hair, not going for a bath, no sex, not wearing perfume, not wearing leather shoes and not changing from clothes. ...read more.


For all this time the mourners do not listen to any kind of music. The male member must say the Kaddish prayer each day: 'Magnified and sanctified by his great name in the world which he hath created according to his will,' Children are obliged to recite the Kaddish at the funeral of a parent and daily for eleven months following the death. However among Orthodox Jews only men have the right to recite this according to the strict rules but among Reform Jews both men and women have the ability to recite it. The dead are not forgotten. The anniversary of the death is marked at home by lighting a Jahrzeit candle for 24 hours the nearest relative lights this every year for as long as he or she lives. It is also customary to recite the Kaddish on this day. And there forth people who visit the grave will traditionally place a stone on it instead of flowers. Azmat Suleman 11:2 Ms Turner GCSE Religious Studies Coursework ...read more.

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