Monday, July 1, 2013

Shemirah in modern times


We station people with a body between the time of death and burial, and texts link this practice of shemiah with protection of the body from mice. However, there is evidence that one should have a guard look in on the body regularly even when the body is in a place where there is no concern for mice.

(Rav Moshe Feinstein, Igrot Moshe Yoreh Deah 1:225) [and see Chachmat Adam, Shaar haSimchah, Matzevet Moshe 14)

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