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‘Shema Yisrael’ to be Engraved on Koch’s Gravestone

'Shema Yisrael' to be Engraved on Koch's Gravestone

Former New York Mayor Ed Koch’s memorial stone will include a Magen David (Jewish Star) and the first portion of the Shema Yisrael prayer. A report in Ha’aretz Sunday said that Koch had made the request in his will. In addition, Koch’s stone will feature the last words of Jewish journalist Daniel Perl, who was […]

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AllJewishLinks.com Newsletter Issue # 40 – July 25, 2012

AllJewishLinks.com Newsletter Issue # 40 - July 25, 2012

Where do Israelis find community? They can find it among their extended family, their friends from childhood and the army, their various clubs, sports or hobbies, or their kids’ school activities. The question is whether rabbis should be encouraging Israelis to also find community in synagogue life. Rav Yosef Shalom ben Chaya Musha Elyashiv, the […]

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Hundreds of Thousands at Rav Elyashiv’s Funeral

Hundreds of Thousands at Rav Elyashiv's Funeral

The great Torah Sage, head of the worldwide Lithuanian-hareidi yeshiva world, and leading Torah luminary of this generation, Rav Yosef Shalom ben Chaya Musha Elyashiv, passed away at Shaarei Tzedek Hospital in Jerusalem, Wednesday, at the age of 102. Rav Elyashiv’s funeral left his home in Hanan Street in Me’ah Shearim that night, at 10:00 p.m. The pious […]

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Rabbi Scheinberg, Torah Giant: From the US to Israel

Rabbi Scheinberg, Torah Giant: From the US to Israel

Tens of thousands attended on Wednesday the funeral of Rabbi Chaim Pinchas Scheinberg, the “Elder of the Torah Sages” as he was reverently called, who passed away in Jerusalem at the age of 101. Rabbi Scheinberg, founder and head of Torah Ohr Yeshiva in Kiryat Mattersdorf and New York, and member of the Chief Council […]

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AllJewishLinks.com Newsletter Issue # 16 February 08, 2012

AllJewishLinks.com Newsletter Issue # 16 February 08, 2012

A cache of ancient Jewish scrolls from northern Afghanistan has recently come to light is creating a storm among scholars who say the landmark find could reveal an undiscovered side of medieval Jewry. The 150 or more documents, date back from the 11th century, were found in Afghanistan’s Samangan province and most likely smuggled out […]

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Making Shivah Easier Using Technology

Making Shivah Easier Using Technology

When Sharon Rosen’s mother passed away in July 2009 she had the same eye-opening realization that many survivors do during the week of shivah: The death of a loved one can be a stressful, anxiety-ridden time. Overwhelmed with sadness and the reality of her loss, Rosen experienced planning a funeral and coordination of shivah in […]

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Should Rabbi Natan Tzvi Finkel Have Mattered More to Us?

Should Rabbi Natan Tzvi Finkel Have Mattered More to Us?

I try to keep up with the current events of the worldwide Jewish community. I read all of the major Jewish newspapers (or at least their websites). Therefore, I knew when Rabbi Natan Tzvi Finkel died on November 8 in Jerusalem. And yet, I admit I had never heard of him before. Rabbi Finkel was […]

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Thousands attend funeral of slain kabbalah rabbi

Thousands attend funeral of slain kabbalah rabbi

Thousands of people on Friday attended the funeral of Rabbi Elazar Abuhatzeira who was stabbed to death on Thursday night in Be’er Sheva while he was hosting guests for consultation at a yeshiva near his home. Among the participants in the funeral events were family members and leaders of the Shas movement. Abuhatzeira will be […]

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Nearly 100,000 Attend Funeral of Ponevitch Rosh Yeshiva

Nearly 100,000 Attend Funeral of Ponevitch Rosh Yeshiva

Tens of thousands of haredim flocked to the central city of Bnei Brak on Tuesday morning to take part in the funeral of Rabbi Michel Yehuda Lefkowitz, one of the leaders of the Lithuanian-Orthodox faction and head of Ponovezh Yeshiva. Lefkowitz died at the Shaare Zedek Medical Center in Jerusalem on Monday night, two days […]

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Preparing Your Home for Sitting Shiva

Preparing Your Home for Sitting Shiva

Shiva is observed by Jewish mourners for seven days after the burial of an immediate family member- a father, mother, brother, sister, spouse or child. Some families decide to “sit shiva” for a shorter period of time.  Shiva takes place in the home of the deceased or in the home of a principal mourner. This list can […]

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The Purpose of Sitting Shiva

The Purpose of Sitting Shiva

Shiva is the Jewish period of mourning observed the first week after the funeral of a parent, spouse, sibling, or child. From the time of death until the conclusion of the funeral, the primary focus and concern is on the care of the deceased and the burial preparations. Once shiva begins, the focus shifts to […]

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New Website to Help Jewish Mourners Sit Shiva

New Website to Help Jewish Mourners Sit Shiva

ShivaConnect.com is a complimentary service for Jewish mourners and those wishing to express their condolences at a time of loss. After a year of intricate web design and programming, a mourner or caring friend can now create a Shiva Registry. It includes memorial service/funeral and shiva details (with interactive directions), mourners’ contact information, food notes, […]

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Jewish Shiva: the first seven days of mourning

Jewish Shiva: the first seven days of mourning

Shiva is a week long period of mourning done immediately after the funeral of a close relative which includes the father, mother, siblings, sons, daughters and spouse; they assume the role of “Halakhic” from the Hebrew word, which means mourner. Shiva is simply the Hebrew word for seven. The seven-day period of mourning gives the […]

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The Stages of Jewish Mourning

The Stages of Jewish Mourning

Judaism provides a perfect approach in coping up with the emotional and spiritual difficulties a person may feel in the event of a loved one’s death. Judaism’s approach to mourning is divided into five stages: Aninut. The period from the moment one learns the death of a loved one until the burial. Aninut is when […]

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How to sit Shiva

How to sit Shiva

The thought of death always makes people uneasy and uncomfortable. In Judaism, sitting Shiva is a week long period of mourning done immediately after the funeral of a close relative. Close relative includes the father, mother, siblings, sons, daughters and spouse, they assume the role of “Halakhic” from the Hebrew word, which means mourner. In […]

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Shiva – Seven Days Mourning

Rules in Sitting Shiva

Shiva means “seven” in Hebrew . In the Jewish tradition, Shiva refers to the seven days of mourning which begins immediately after the funeral of a love one. This custom was said to come from one of the verses in Genesis, where Joseph mourns the death of his father Jacob for a week. In Jewish […]

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How to pay a Shiva call

How to pay a Shiva call

We are not alone. This message of Judaism conveys about death and bereavement, were every law and every custom of Jewish mourning and has at its core the overwhelming motivation to surround the dying and the grieving with a supportive community. Some may say that facing death and grief elevates a person’s feeling of aloneness, […]

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The Jewish Way of Mourning

The Jewish Way of Mourning

The Jewish way of mourning provides us a way to face our grief while at the same time help those who are grieving. The Jewish mourning tradition is based on two principles: Kavod Hamet (paying respect to the deceased) and Nichum Avelim (giving comfort to the mourners). The body of the deceased should be treated […]

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Jewish Memorial Gifts

Jewish Memorial Gifts

Jewish funerals are unique in a way that it involves honoring the deceased while at the same time offering comfort to the mourners. Offering memorial gifts during this time is a great way to show the mourners your support and and to pay respect to the deceased. Jewish customs discourage sending flowers to the mourners. […]

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Guidelines in Planning a Jewish Funeral Service

Guidelines in Planning a Jewish Funeral Service

A Jewish funeral service is usually short and simple. The funeral service may be held at the funeral home, at the grave site or in the synagogue. Arranging a Jewish funeral service is easy when you know the details to consider. Seek the help of the Hevra Kadisha. A Hevra Kadisha is a burial society […]

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Making a Shiva Call

Making a Shiva call

It is considered mitzvah to pay a home visit to the mourners or pay a shiva call. The focus of paying a shiva call is to give comfort and show compassion to the family of the deceased. Plan your visit. Listen for announcement during the funeral service for the mourner’s  schedule of receiving guests. Ideally, […]

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Rules in Sitting Shiva

Rules in Sitting Shiva

Sitting Shiva is a week-long period of mourning after a Jewish relative has passed away.  The goal of sitting shiva is to comfort the bereaved and to honor the deceased. Mourners are considered Nihum Avelim (comforting mourners) after returning from the funeral. A shiva should be done in the house of the deceased. If possible, […]

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A Time to Mourn, A Time to Comfort 2nd Edition

A Time to Mourn, A Time to Comfort 2nd Edition

A Guide to Jewish Bereavementby Dr. Ron Wolfson A guide to meeting the needs of those who mourn and those who seek to provide comfort in times of sadness. Includes the specifics for funeral preparations and practical guidance for preparing the home and family to sit shiva. Advice is given for attending a Jewish funeral, […]

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The Jewish Mourner’s Companion

The Jewish Mourner's Companion

Guidance, Comfort, Liturgyby Rabbi Zalman Goldstein The first mourners book to include Mincha and Maariv services with easy-to-read English transliterations! This book will guide you through the difficult times of illness and death, presenting Jewish tradition in a way that is both sensitive and instructive. Endorsed by leading rabbis, hospital chaplains, and family counselors, this […]

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When a Jew Dies

When a Jew Dies

The Ethnography of a Bereaved Sonby Smuel C. Heilman An eloquent account of the traditional customs that are put into practice when a Jewish person dies that provides both an informative perspective on Jewish rites of mourning and a moving chronicle of the loss of a father. This unique narrative covers and recovers the boundary […]

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Shalom, Friend:

Shalom, Friend:

The Life and Legacy of Yitzhak Rabinby The Jerusalem Report StaffEdited by David Horovitz Written by the reporters and editors who knew him best, drawn from interviews with the people who knew him best, this authoritative, entirely new biography traces the extraordinary life of Yitzhak Rabin, from his birth in Jerusalem in 1922 to his […]

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Shalom, Friend:

Shalom, Friend:

The Life and Legacy of Yitzhak Rabinby The Jerusalem Report StaffEdited by David Horovitz Written by the reporters and editors who knew him best, drawn from interviews with the people who knew him best, this authoritative, entirely new biography traces the extraordinary life of Yitzhak Rabin, from his birth in Jerusalem in 1922 to his […]

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The Jewish Mourner’s Companion

The Jewish Mourner's Companion

Rabbi Zalman Goldstein Publisher: Rabbi Zalman Goldstein A Source of Comfort and Practical Guidance for Family and Friends. This book will guide you through the difficult times of illness and death, presenting Jewish tradition in a way that is both sensitive and instructive. Endorsed by leading rabbis, hospital chaplains, and family counselors, this all-in-one guide […]

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Time To Mourn, a Time To Comfort, 2nd Edition: A Guide to Jewish Bereavement

Time To Mourn, a Time To Comfort, 2nd Edition: A Guide to Jewish Bereavement

Dr. Ron Wolfson Publisher: Jewish Lights A Step-by-Step Guide for Honoring the Dead and Empowering the Living When someone dies, there are so many questions—from what to do in the moment of grief, to dealing with the practical details of the funeral, to spiritual concerns about the meaning of life and death. This indispensable guide […]

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The Jewish Woman Next Door: Repairing the World One Step at a Time

The Jewish Woman Next Door: Repairing the World One Step at a Time

Debby Flancbaum Publisher: Urim Publications The Jewish Woman Next Door: Repairing the World One Step at a Time is a collection of absorbing essays about contemporary Jewish women – some known throughout the world, others known only in their own communities – who engage in extraordinary acts of kindness. Although the women featured in this […]

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