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The Watchman

Richard B. Weinberg, MD
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From Wake Forest School of Medicine, Winston-Salem, NC 27157.

Requests for Single Reprints: Richard B. Weinberg, MD, Wake Forest School of Medicine, Medical Center Boulevard, Winston-Salem, NC 27157; e-mail, mailto:weinberg@wfubmc.edu.

Ann Intern Med. 2012;156(8):602-603. doi:10.7326/0003-4819-156-8-201204170-00013
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Jewish tradition dictates that the body of the deceased is never left alone from the moment of death until it is laid to rest in the earth. The Shomerim—watchmen—stand a constant vigil through the night, praying and reading psalms to comfort and honor its soul. But these customs are not usually practiced in the Reform Jewish tradition in which I was brought up. Yet, I had unknowingly stood as a Shomer once before.





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