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Question 11.6.13:
Death and Burial: Must the Chevra Kedisha be family members?


The burial society ("Chevrah Kadisha" is literally "Holy Friends") is never the deceased's family. Rather, they are a group of volunteers who know the laws, customs, and the simple pragmatics of preparing the deceased for burial, and who organize cemetary space, the pragmatics of the funeral, etc. They need to be people who have experience, and really can't be a different group for each deceased.

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