Mitsva (funeral) at Ter Kleef

        בילע המוות לנצח, ומחה ה' אלוקים דמעה מעל כל-פנים, ישעיהו כ"ה-ח
        He will swallow up death for ever, 
        and the Lord G'D will wipe away tears off all faces.

The mitsva starts at the “Jadrich”[1] in Amsterdam from where, after a short ceremony, all drive to Beth Haim in Ouderkerk aan de Amstel for the actual kevura (burriel).

Since the war the Jadrich was on the Snoge complex. Some 20 years ago, that was moved to another location, at Ter Kleef. When a mitsva starts from- or enters the Snoge complex, an extra gate must be opened, so Cohanim can enter the courtyard.

Inside the Mourning Room 

Old Jadrich

The aron (coffin) is covered with a black cloth. Two candles in copper candlesticks are placed on the aron.

Avelim, relatives and friends gather at the “Jadrich”, which is now a days located at Ter Kleef 6 in Amsterdam, about 30 minutes before the mitsva leaves to Beth Haim at Ouderkerk aan de Amstel.

Recordings: LAV, NN, JBS


Green tefilloth


Tehillim, starting from psalm 1, during about 15 minutes. We strive to say 18 (חי) psalms, but if time is up, we stop earlier. The psalms are recited by men, verse by verse.

ספר תהילים




ותשועת צדיקים מה‘



קדיש לעילא



ברכו את ה‘ המבורך
ברוך ה‘ המברך לעלם ועד

If the “keri’ah” (rendering of garment)  has not done before, it is done now [2]



All sing both parts
Chazzan repeats אורך ימים.


ויהי נועם, יושב בסתר



אנא בכח
ברוך שם כבוד מלכותו לעלם ועד

The last screw is tightened, the candles are snuffed and the candlesticks are removed



  [3] Vamos Senhores 

The aron is carried to the car. All follow the car by foot till the corner, then drive to Beth Haim



[1] Probably taken from psalm 25 vers 9: יַדְרֵךְ עֲנָוִים בַּמִּשְׁפָּט, וִילַמֵּד עֲנָוִים דַּרְכּו

[2] Rav Serfaty in private communication, December 2020.

[3] Let us go, gentlemen

 All texts, except the Psalms, can be found on cards, as available at Ter Kleef.

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