Tahara Manual

Tahara Manual

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Before the Tahara:

1. Fill out the Tahara form.

2. Prepare the aron (casket). Open the tachrichim (burial garments), and place the sovev (linen sheet) in the aron in a diamond configuration. Sprinkle some afar (earth from Israel) in the aron.

3. Lay out the remaining tachrichim in the order they will be used: michnasayim (trousers) and leg bands, k’tonet (shirt), kittel (tunic), avnet (sash), and mitznefet (hood).

4. Wash hands (without a blessing)

5. Put on protective clothing (gloves, mask, gown, apron)

Recite the following request for forgiveness, using the met’s name[1]:

____________ ben _______________, forgive us for any indignity that you may suffer at the hands of this Chevra Kadisha notwithstanding the loving care and concern that we will exercise during this Tahara. Grant forgiveness to us, our families, and to the whole house of Israel.

Recite the following introductory prayer:

|אָנָּא אֱהֵי הַחֶסֶד וְהָרַחֲמִים, שֶׁכָּלׁאוֹרְחוֹתֶי חֶסֶד וֶאֱמֶת, וְצִוִיתָנוּ לֵעֲשׂוֹת חֶסֶד |God of kindness and mercy, whose ways are merciful and true, You|
|וֶאֱמֶת עִם הַמֵּתִים וּלְהִתְעַסֵּק בִּקְבוּרָתָם, כְּמוֹ שֶׁכָּתוּב׃ כִּי קָבוֹר תִּקְבְּרֶנוּ ]דברים א׳|commanded us to treat the dead with true kindness and involve |
|כג׳] וּבְכֵן יְהִי רָצוֹן מִלְּפָנֶי יהוה אֱהֵינוּ, שֶׁתְּאַמְּצֵנוּ וְּתְחַזְּקֵנוּ לַעֲשׂוֹת |ourselves in their burial, as it is written, ''you shall bury |
|מְלַאכְתֵּנוּ מְלֶאכֶת שָׁמַיִם זוֹ כָּרָאוּי, הֵן בְּטָהֳרַת הַמֵת, הֵן בִּלְבִישָׁתוֹ וּבִקְבוּרָתוֹ, |them." Therefore, may it be your will, Lord our God, to |
|וְתִשְׁמְרֵנוּ מִכָּל נֶזֶק וּתְקָלָה, שֶׁא נִכָּשֵׁל בְּמַעֲשֵׂה יָדֵינוּ, לְקַיֵם בָּנוּ הַמִּקְרָא שׁוֹמֵר |strengthen us to do our work in cleansing of the dead. Guard us |
|מִצְוָה א יֵדַע דָבָר רָע. וְתַעֲמֹד לָנוּ זְכוּת מִצְוַת גּמִילוּת חֶסֶד וֶאֱמֶת לְמַלְאוֹת |from all injury and harm so that we not fail in our endeavor. |...

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