There are Hundreds of מתי מצוה (unknown and unclaimed deceased) for whom Chesed Shel Emes did, and still does everything from taharos to levaya, kevura, matzeiva and all accepted minhagim by Klal Yisrael. Chesed Shel Emes also spends huge sums of money to purchase burial plots of which they already have five, and they are constantly looking to purchase more. These plots are for מתי מצוה who do not have relatives who will provide them with a proper place for burial.

           

The Gemara in Masechta Megilla tells us of the great chashivus of burying a מת מצוה. If a person is en route to doing a mitzva, such as korban pesach, or making a bris, and he comes across a מת מצוה, he is obligated to take care of the מת מצוה first. Even the Kohen Gadol is obligated to occupy himself with this mitzva. We can only imagine how great the heavenly reward for this mitzva is.

     

There are many cases where the family of the niftar is not religious. They are completely unaware of the importance of the mitzva of bringing a niftar to kever yisrael. They will even allow the hospital to do whatever they desire with the body, whether it is ,rachmona litzlan, an autopsy, organ donation, cremation, etc. Hashgacha pratis has brought many such cases to the doorstep of Chesed Shel Emes.  After much explaining and convincing, the bodies were handed over to Chesed Shel Emes for proper kevura.  On one occasion Chesed Shel Emes volunteers met the relative of a niftar in a local hospital.  They asked him what  his plans for the niftar are?  “To cremate the body” was his reply, being that it’s the cheapest method available. They gave the relative the option of giving them the amount of money that it would cost him to cremate the body, and they will give the niftar a proper burial. The relative agreed, signed the release form, and the niftar came to kever yisrael.

     

When Chesed Shel Emes learns of a meis mitzvah, they spring into action immediately. There is no pause to consider where the money will come from. It is only after all the necessary details have been attended to that the askanim start trying to figure out how to pay for it all.

     

Chesed Shel Emes has managed to purchase five cemetery plots - 4 of them in Long Island, and 1 of them in Liberty, NY -  especially designated for the burial of meisei mitzvah - the homeless, hapless souls who have no family or friends to care for their burial. Unfortunately, these plots fill up all too quickly. Surely all of us know some homeless, friendless, destitute individuals, who rely on the help of generous strangers in order to survive. Have you ever stopped to consider what happens to them when they pass on? Whenever a person dies and there is no known next of kin, the body is sent to the medical examiner’s office, where a very superficial investigation is conducted. When they are unable to locate any relatives, the case is referred to the public administrator who determines what to do with the body. Most of these bodies end up buried anonymously in Potter’s Field and some are donated to universities and colleges to further the cause of science or medicine.

     

Chesed Shel Emes has prevented this from happening to countless forlorn neshamas. They approach the public administrator and negotiate the release of Jewish bodies which they then bring to kevura. There were also several instances where non-Jewish lawyers or judges directed those in authority or next of kin to call “an organization in Brooklyn” which they knew concerns itself with the burial of any deceased of Jewish origin.

     

Chesed Shel Emes has already buried more than 1200 meisei Mitzva, the cost for each and every one of them is at least $3100.00, and a lot of times it’s much more, if we have to ship the bodies in from out of the state, or from out of the country. Please do the calculation…

     

The last two years on Tishah B’av, Chesed Shel Emes arranged a Hakomas Matzeivos for the Meisei Mitzva, that have been buried in the Liberty plot, where hundreds of people had a chance tosay tehilim and give the last respect, for those who had no one else to care for them, but Chesed Shel Emes.