The bereaved family does not accept visits or condolences until the day of the funeral. The funeral itself is very modest – without wreaths and flowers, and also without prayers in the synagogue (except the most eminent rabbis). Cremation of the body is not permitted.

Family and friends take the bodies to the cemetery. The deceased is covered with a cotton shroud, he covers his head with a cloth. Men put on prayer shawls. The head of the deceased rests on a handful of soil from Israel. Children or relatives say a solemn prayer at the grave – Kaddish. Sometimes a loved one makes a short speech. As a sign of mourning, relatives tear their robes. After the ceremony, the family accepts condolences.

For seven days, the closest relatives mourn and pray for the deceased without leaving home.


The corpse is washed according to the ritual, then they are wrapped in a white cloth (coming from the pilgrimage to Mecca, if the deceased held it).

Cremation is forbidden.

Prayers for the deceased are raised at home, sometimes in a mosque, in the presence of the imam. Family and friends take the bodies to the cemetery, but women do not always attend funerals. The body is folded into the ground, and the head of the deceased must face Mecca. Thus he is prepared for the resurrection.

After the rite is completed, the family accepts condolences at the cemetery.