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Is there anything problematic in Halacha with having somebody recite a hesped for somebody else if they didn’t know each other? Or is there nothing wrong with it? Does it make a difference if the person is a Talmid chacham, am Haaretz, etc.?

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  • When my mother passed away, the man from the Sephardic Chevra Qadisha, that led the burial ceremony, wanted to give a hesped for my mother, though he didn't know her personally, and most probably had never known of her, until that day. I assume from this, that such practice is common, and acceptable (at least, among Sephardim in Israel). We (her family) asked that he didn't, and he cut that part of the service short.
    – Tamir Evan
    Mar 17 at 11:42

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