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To Midwife A Soul, Guidelines for Performing Taharah

A Practical Taharah Manual with Chants by Rabbi Shefa Gold

By Richard A. Light

This manual is a guide for those who perform the holy ritual of taharah, preparation of Jewish deceased for burial.  Originally written for the Chevrah Kadisha of Northern New Mexico, a chevrah that includes six shuls that differ extensively in their levels of observance, this manual is intended for use by any community. It is for all Jews.

First published in 2000, and used extensively by many chevrot in North America, this expanded 5th Edition is specially formatted for ease of use in the taharah room as well as for education and teaching.  Music has long been known to enhance the beauty and kavanah of the ritual.  This edition is unique in that it includes the musical chanting notations of the Hebrew chant scholar, Rabbi Shefa Gold.  This book is an essential resource to those who help midwife souls from this world to the next.

This respected manual is used throughout England, Canada, and the United States, and is now available in both Perfect Bound and Spiral Bound editions.  The spiral binding makes the book easier to use in the taharah room.

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