Why the Chevra Kadisha Read From the Torah on Tuesday

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

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 Chevra Kadisha began the auspicious day in 770, with a heartfelt Shacharis that included selichos and reading of the Torah portion of Vayechal Moshe.

Following the customs of the day, the group then headed to the Old Montefiore cemetery where tefillos unique to the occasion were said.

The fast ended with the members partaking of a beautiful seuda held at the Razag Ballroom. Participants watched a video of the Rebbe and then learned together from a ma’amar of the Rebbe Rashab. Each participant also received a special memento containing halachos and minhagim related to death and mourning, along with historical facts about the connection of the Rebbeim to Chevra Kadisha throughout the centuries.

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