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http://www.ajn.com.au/pages/current-paper/local-02.htmlThursday, March 17, 2005 / 6 AdarII 5765 Australian Jewish NewsMistaken burial sparks grave concern for sydney Chevra KadishaOryana KaufmanTHE inconceivable happened earlier this month — the wrong body was buried at Sydney’s Rookwood Jewish Cemetery.The Department of Forensic Medicine (DoFM) admitted in a statement to the AJN last week that it released the wrong body for burial to the Sydney Chevra Kadisha.“Our mortuary manager discovered the next day during the standard body audit carried out daily that the body which we had intended to release — an elderly lady of Jewish faith — was still at the DoFM,” said the statement.But the DoFM accused the Chevra Kadisha of not “following the standard process of checking and preparing it [the body] prior to burial”.According to Jewish law, tahara (purification) must be conducted on all Jewish bodies before burial.
It is hard to imagine how the mistake at the mortuary reflects negatively on the Chevra Kadisha. I imagine that the Chevra Kadisha received a body from the mortuary and were told that it was the body of Fannie Heimowitz (for example). They did the tahara and buried the body in Fannie's plot. The fact that they were actually (unknowingly) given the body of "Mary O'Henry" does not change the fact that the error was done by the mortuary, not the Chevra Kadisha.This whole story sounds like the mortuary screwed up and is trying to shift the focus/blame to the Chevra Kadisha.
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What you are failing to understand here is that the body the DoFM released was a male. When doing tahara, it is not that difficult to differentiate between a mans body and a womans, (even though they are dead). Because they should have been expecting a woman, either the cheverah Kadisha are completely disorganized at best or at worst do not do tahara on all bodies.
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