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Senior Haredi Rabbis: Voting a ‘Holy Duty’

Prominent ultra-Orthodox rabbis have declared that voting in the Knesset elections taking place Tuesday is a “holy duty” from which no one can be exempt. Senior Lithuanian leader, Rabbi Aharon Yehuda Leib Shteinman, instructed a yeshiva student to exercise his right to vote although it is his wedding day, and the same ruling was issued by […]

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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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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

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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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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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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The Funeral and Cemetery Handbook

by Rabbi David Weinberger and Rabbi Jacob J. Schacter An essential handbook. In Hebrew and English, contains the funeral service, the procedure for burial, the procedure for erecting a monument (unveiling), prayers for visiting a cemetery and reciting at various relatives gravesides, and selected laws related to mourning.(97 Pages) Publisher: Arscroll/Mesorah

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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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