Honoring the Body: Taharah

The Jewish burial ritual places great importance on treating the deceased with the utmost honor and respect. This is especially important during the ceremony of taharah, which involves the physical cleansing of the dead body.

2006 / Rebecca Sheir / University of Iowa, USA


The Jewish burial ritual places great importance on treating the deceased with the utmost honor and respect. This is especially important during the ceremony of taharah, which involves the physical cleansing of the dead body.

In this documentary, three people who have taken part in taharah share their experiences.

Honoring the Body: Taharah won a Best Documentary: Directors' Choice Award in the 2006 Third Coast / Richard H. Driehaus Foundation Competition.


produced by

Rebecca Sheir

Rebecca Sheir has brought thousands of stories to the public-radio airwaves.


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