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Course 2 - Chevra Kadisha: Tahara and Shmira

Outline for Course 2 - Chevra Kadisha: Tahara and Shmira

Toggle Disabled 1 Tahara and Shmira
1.1 Introduction
1.2 Tahara Stories
1.3 Tahara: First-person Excerpts
1.4 Tahara for a Child
1.5 Tahara: Interviews
1.6 Tahara: God's Presence
1.7 Tahara: Touching God's Face
1.8 Tahara Stories: Muslims
1.9 Shmira Stories
1.10 Non-traditional Techniques

Toggle Disabled 2 Understanding Tahara
2.1 Red Heifer
2.2 Biblical Purity
Toggle Disabled 2.3 Tahor: Talmud
2.3.1 Talmud: Corpse Impurity
2.3.2 Tahor: Jacob Neusner
2.3.3 Tahor: Jacob Milgrom
2.4 Tahor: Rachel Adler
2.5 Tsaraat: Jack Riemer
2.6 Tahor: More Reading
2.7 Tahara: Why?
Toggle Disabled 2.8 Tahara Text and Sources
2.8.1 Tahara - Aveilus Course
2.8.2 Maavor Yabok - Section on Taharah/Rechitzah
2.8.3 Maavar Yabok Outline
2.9 Tahara Responsa
2.10 Tahara and Kabbalah
2.11 Dead Souls


Toggle Disabled 3 Tahara Education and Training
3.1 Death Avoidance
Toggle Disabled 3.2 Community Education
3.2.1 Elements of My Jewish Funeral
Toggle Disabled 3.3 Changing Existing Tahara Practices
3.3.1 Liberal or Improper Tahara
Toggle Disabled 3.4 Tahara Team Training
3.4.1 Funeral Home Requirements
3.4.2 Tahara Supplies
3.4.3 Simulation Issues
3.4.4 Using a Live Model
3.4.5 Demo Using a Mannequin
3.4.6 Questions Before Tahara
3.4.7 Tahara Team Instructions
3.5 Muslim Tahara and Tachrichim
3.6 Tracking

Toggle Disabled 4 Questions About Tahara
4.1 Privacy and Anonymity
4.2 Charging for Tahara
4.3 Tahara Boards
4.4 Covering the Face
4.5 Murder
Toggle Disabled 4.6 Minhagim
4.6.1 Egg and Vinegar
4.6.2 Sephardic Rituals
4.7 Questions after a demo
4.8 More Questions

Toggle Disabled 5 Tahara Complications
5.1 Physical Complications
5.2 Funeral Home Complications
5.3 Other Complications
Toggle Disabled 5.4 Autopsy Questions
5.4.1 Autopsy - Medical
5.4.2 Autopsy - War Time
5.4.3 Autopsy - Legal Review
5.4.4 Autopsy - Dialog
5.4.5 Autopsy - Virginia
5.4.6 Autopsy - Southern California
5.4.7 Autopsy - New Jersey
5.4.8 Autopsy - Washington, DC
5.4.9 Autopsy - Native American
Toggle Disabled 5.5 Organ and Tissue Donation
5.5.1 Organ Donation Resources
Toggle Disabled 5.6 Embalming
5.6.1 Biblical Embalming?
5.6.2 What is Biblical Embalming
5.6.3 Embalming - War Time Responsa
5.6.4 Embalming Legalities
5.6.5 Embalming - Discussion
5.6.6 Embalming State by State Rules
5.7 Cremation

Toggle Disabled 6 Processing Emotions
6.1 Before
6.2 Procedural Questions
6.3 Theological Questions
6.4 After Tahara

Toggle Disabled 7 Tahara Manuals
7.1 History - part 1
7.2 History - part 2
7.3 History - Video and Ppt
7.4 Manual References

Toggle Disabled 8 Tahara Liturgy
8.1 Meaning of Ritual
8.2 Meaning of Tahara Ritual
Toggle Disabled 8.3 Tahara Tefila Text Teaching
8.3.1 Hine mitato
8.4 Seder Tahara
Toggle Disabled 8.5 What Questions Does the Liturgy Answer
8.5.1 Tahara Liturgy - Revised

Toggle Disabled 9 Tahara Safety
9.1 State Death Regulation
9.2 Minimizing Risk - Part 1
9.3 Minimizing Risk - Part 2
9.4 AIDS
9.5 Infection Control
9.6 Public Health Conference

Toggle Disabled 10 Tachrichim and Aron
Toggle Disabled 10.1 Tachrichim
10.1.1 Sewing Tachrichim
Toggle Disabled 10.1.2 Tachrichim: Texts
10.1.2.1 Rabban Gamliel
10.1.2.2 Tachrichim - Aveilus
10.1.2.3 Tallit - War Time
10.1.3 Tachrichim - Context
10.1.4 Commercial Suppliers
10.1.5 Infant Tachrichim
10.1.6 Tachrichim - Sephardic
Toggle Disabled 10.2 Aron
10.2.1 Masorti T'shuva
10.2.2 1, 2, or 3 arks - Brokenness
10.2.3 Talmudic References
10.2.4 Rambam and Epstein
10.2.5 An Orthodox Conversation
10.2.6 Another Orthodox Perspective
10.2.7 What is a Kosher Casket?
10.2.8 Casket Manufacturing
10.2.9 Funeral Contract
10.2.10 Modern Day Gamliel
10.2.11 Casket Sales

Toggle Disabled 11 Shmira - Guarding
11.1 First Person Account
Toggle Disabled 11.2 Rizpah
11.2.1 Rizpah Re-interpreted
11.2.2 Rizpah Poetry 1
11.2.3 Rizpah Poetry 2
11.2.4 Rizpah Poetry 3
11.2.5 Rizpah Poetry 4
11.3 Shmira in the Talmud
11.4 Shimira Guidelines
11.5 Shmira Stories
11.6 Shmira after 9/11
11.7 Organizing Shmira
11.8 Psalms and Sleep

Toggle Disabled 12 Tahara Facilities
12.1 Tahara in Cemeteries
12.2 House of Rounds
12.3 Facility Requirements
12.4 Home Tahara
12.5 Creating Solutions