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Halvayat Hamet

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Rabbi Elchanan Lewis

Tammuz 9, 5769
Question
If I do a Taharah have I also fulfilled the Mitzvoh of Halvayat Hamet, even if after the Taharah I don’t go to the gravesite or even wait for the actual Levayah to begin?
Answer
The mitzvah of levaya is to accompany the deceased 4 amot on his way to the burial place. Tahara is a great mitzvah but not the mitzvah of levaya. If the leveya did not begin and you need to leave you don’t need to wait.
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