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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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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

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

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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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 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 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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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

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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