Saturday, October 17, 2009

Preparing for someone's imminent demise


When someone is in the last stages of dying:

"One may not make announcements [to gather people to help with the burial], and one may not begin to praise him for his deeds.

"Rabbi Yehudah said: If he is a sage, one may praise him for his deeds."

(Semachot 1:6)

Nachalat Yaakov explains: The concern is lest this frighten the person who is passing away. With a Torah scholar, though, Rabbi Yehudah believes that praise is customary and therefore not a warning of his incipient passing.

Have a great day,

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