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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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Traditional Jewish ceremonies

Baby naming ceremonies Every individual is born different. They say that no two individuals are alike, twins may look identical, but not everything about them is the same. But what’s special and unique about each and every one of us, is our names. One of the most exciting times for a parent is naming their […]

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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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How to Get Up From Shiva

Getting up from Shiva refers to the conclusion of the seven day period of mourning after a loved one has passed away. The last day of Shiva is a time which reminds the mourners to move on to shloshim, a less intense 30 days  of mourning. During the last day of Shiva, Shacharit services starts […]

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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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In Memory Of Our Fallen Soldiers

In Memory Of Our Fallen Soldiers

During the time of the Bar Kochba revolt against the Romans, a plague killed 24,000 students of our great sage, Rabbi Akiva, in this seven week period between Passover and Shavuot. Over the centuries, the Jewish People experienced many more tragedies (massacres, pogroms, …) during this seven week period. To commemorate these tragedies, we observe […]

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Tenth of Tevet - A Day of Fasting and Introspection

One of the more solemn of the Jewish holidays is the Tenth of Tevet. This holiday is a day of fasting and also a day of introspection. Like other important Jewish holidays, this is a day of repentance and of coming to terms with the sins of the past so as to move cleanly into […]

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Lag Ba’omer

During Passover and Shavuot, there are seven weeks or forty-nine days. Each of these days is to be counted with a blessing, according to Jewish custom, as part of an extended ritual called Sefirah or Counting of the Omer. On the thirty-third day of the Counting of the Omer is a minor Jewish holiday called […]

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Sitting Shiva

A Novelby Elliot Feldman Sitting Shiva is the first novel of Elliot Feldman’s ‘Detroit Trilogy.’ It is a gritty yet introspective look at a son coming to grips with the death of his father, a small-time Detroit gangster.Charlie Fish, his 30-year-old ne’er-do-well son, grieves for him and a father-son relationship that never as. For the […]

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