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Jewish Burial vs. Cremation

Jewish Burial vs. Cremation

 

Jewish Burial vs. Cremation
Jewish Burial vs. Cremation

 

 

One of the greatest good deeds that one can do is to escort a person who has passed on until burial. The reason for this is because the beneficiary of the mitzvah, the person being escorted can never thank  the ones who deemed him/her such respect. This week Rabbi Edery escorted the coffin of a Jewish lady who passed away in Japan, after living in Tokyo for over sixty years. She and her husband were originally from Russia and established their lives in Japan. She will be buried in the US. Since none of her family members live in Japan, it was important to see to it that prayers would be said in her honor and she would be properly taken care of.

 

 

In Japan cremation is a given. However according to the Torah it is forbidden. The Torah says:”from dust you came to dust you will return”. Adam, the first man was created by G-d from the earth. This is the beginning of all of mankind and therefore it is most natural that one returns to its origins. The tradition of cremating in Japan is a relatively new one, only about sixty years. Before that, people were properly buried. For many reasons, one of which was ”space saving”, people in Japan resorted to cremation. It is well known that the Japanese empror’s family do not cremate and only bury. Isn’t every person created by the King of all Kings, and deservant of such an honor?

 

For this purpose Rabbi Edery works very hard to make sure that people who would like to be buried without being cremated will have no difficulties and can easily do so. He has made legal and economical arrangements to facilitate Jewish burial. May we never need to escort those that passed away, may we be reunited with our loved ones, with the speedy coming of Moshiach and the resurrection of the dead.

 

(Picture above: Jewish cemetery in Yokohama)

 

Mitzvah Messengers from North America

Mitzvah Messengers from North America

Rabbi Edery and all Chabad Japan staff would like to thank the Aldrich family for the huge amount of kosher food that they so generously sent. May Hashem bless each and everyone of them, including Bubby and Zaidy Aldrich with all the blessings both materially and spiritually.

Aldrich  visit December 2013
Aldrich visit Chabad_Tokyo December 2013

We enjoyed the chance to speak about the reasons why our Sages selected Yosef’s children Binyamin and Efraim as the paradigm for the blessing for our children.  Rabbi Aldrich suggested that not only had Yosef raised these two children to become Torah-observant children in a foreign land (Egypt) but also trained them to avoid jealousy.  When the younger son (Efraim received the blessing usually intended for the older brother)

Chanuka at Chabad-Japan 2013

Chanuka at Chabad-Japan 2013

Chabad-Tokyo National Azabu Chanuka
Chabad-Tokyo National Azabu Chanuka

This Chanuka Chabad Japan had a booth at National Azabu Supermarket right in the center of Tokyo. A big menorah was put up, Latkes and candles were distributed to the shoppers who responded very warmly. Many asked about the meaning of the Holiday, others took for Jewish colleagues and co workers. Some joined the Chanuka parties at Chabad House, for the first time.

Chaya Mushka Edery Chabad-Japan Chanuka booth at National Azabu
Chaya Mushka Edery Chabad-Japan Chanuka booth at National Azabu

Rabbi Edery along with the Chabad Japan Maccabees drives all around Tokyo with the Menorah Mobile to visit houses and offices bringing the happiness and light of Hanuka. Candles are lit, warm, delicious sufganiyot- doughnuts are eaten, songs sang and hearts are joyous.
Nothing stops the mitzvah men from reaching to even the farthest corner of Tokyo.

Chabad-Tokyo visits offices Chanuka 2013
Chabad-Tokyo visits offices Chanuka 2013

Tal from Shamaim lighting. Much bracha and hatzlacha in all you undertakings.

Chabad-Japan Tal Shamaim
Chabad-Japan Tal Shamaim

 

 

Kosher Sake Menorah at Chabad_Tokyo_Japan

Kosher Sake Menorah at Chabad_Tokyo_Japan

Kosher Sake Chabad Japan Menorah
Kosher Sake Chabad Japan Menorah

Rabbi Edery thought of a clever idea to make the Holiday of Chanuka fun, joyous and interesting. He made a menorah from sake bottles, and inserted an olive oil cup as a cover for each bottle. Special thanks to Reb Meir Mergui from Paris, France who brought menorahs and kosher dairy items for all to enjoy. May Hashem bless him and his family always for their generosity.

Japanese Farbrengen Inspires Many at Chabad-Tokyo

Japanese Farbrengen Inspires Many at Chabad-Tokyo

Dr. Yakov Yuro Teshima gave a informative and interesting lecture explaining the foundations of Judaism and establishment of Hassidism. All participants highly enjoyed the lecture and asked to continue such lectures even more often. Dr. Teshima shared pictures of himself at a Farbrengen (Hassidic get together) in Kfar Chabad Israel, fifty years ago. It is quite amazing to see his continued interest and vast knowledge and his passion to teach as well. Many of the guests have been to Chabad House many times but this gathering was truly an inspiration to all. The lecture ended with the Edery Boys Choir, singing songs related to this day of the redemption of the first Chabad Rebbe, Shneor Zalman who was released from prison on this day about two hundred years ago.
Special thanks to Dr. Teshima for his efforts and ongoing support toward Chabad House. May Hashem bless him and his wife with long life and good years.