Why the Chevra Kadisha Read From the Torah on Friday

Photos: David Katash/Anash.org

Members of the Crown Heights Chevra Kadisha gathered on the 15th of Kislev to follow the age-old custom of marking it as a day of fasting, selichos, and special tefillos.

By Anash.org reporter
Photos: David Katash/Anash.org

Dozens of members of the Chevra Kadisha of Agudas Chassidei Chabad gathered on Tuesday 15th Kislev to follow the age old tradition of fasting, reciting selichos and reading from the Torah on this specific date.

The members of the Chevra Kadisha, who fasted the entire Friday, began the auspicious day in 770 with a heartfelt Shacharis that included special selichos and reading of the Torah portion of Vayechal Moshe, customarily read on fast days.

Following the customs of the day, the group then headed to the Old Montefiore cemetery where tefillos unique to the occasion were said. They visited each of the ten Lubavitcher chelkos spread out across the large cemetery, and checked at each one if any repairs or maintenance were needed.

After returning from the cemetery, the members of the Chevra Kadisha gathered for mincha in 770, where they read from the Torah once again, followed by the haftorah for a fast day.

In accordance with the minhag of the Chevra Kadisha of Aguch, the members continued fasting until Shabbos, davening ma’ariv and Kabollas Shabbos shortly after 5:00 PM, and broke their fast at the Friday night meal.

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