<I like the kids' involvement for several reasons. It's a lesson in the fragility of life and coming face to face with death. Most importantly, though, it's a noble form of community service--not one imposed by a judge as punishment for getting busted at an underage drinking party.>If you believe in a Judge, please read this:http://www.themitzvahproject.org/serv01.htmThese are the precepts whose fruits a person enjoys in This World but whose principle remains intact for them in the World to Come. They are:the honor due to father and mother, acts of kindness, early attendance at the house of study morning and evening, hospitality to guests, visiting the sick, providing for a bride [especially providing a dowry for a poor girl who otherwise might not be marriageable], escorting the dead, absorption in prayer, bringing peace between man and his fellow, (and between husband and wife)... [end quote]Even an atheist (who does not believe in The World To Come) should be able to recognize that all these actions are pro-social and rewarded by a more supportive community (their fruits are enjoyed in this world).Note that this list includes visiting the sick as well as escorting the dead. Wendy
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