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AllJewishLinks.com Newsletter Issue # 28 May 2, 2012

The 49thInternational Bible Quiz for Jewish youth is one of Israel’s Independence Day’s noble traditions, was held on Thursday morning at the Jerusalem Theater.  Elehanan Bloch a student from the Yeshiva High School of Yeruhuam was this year’s winner. Elhanan’s parents, Ido and Orit, came to Yeruham within the Bnei Akiva movement and are aiding [...]

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Sitting Shiva for Traditional Shiva

I’ve been thinking about death and mourning quite a bit lately. To begin with, the first week of the new year brought with it a rash of deaths here in the Detroit Jewish community. There were a fair share of elderly grandparents who died in their 80s and 90s during the first week of 2012, [...]

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Ben-Ari: Change Name of Rabin Street to Protect His Dignity

A leftist resident of Ashkelon has filed a complaint against MK Michael Ben-Ari (National Union) for “disrespecting the memory of Yitzchak Rabin.” According to the complaint, filed with Knesset speaker Reuven Rivlin, Ben-Ari sought to change the name of Rabin Street in Ashkelon, renaming it in honor of Moshe Ami, an Ashkelon resident who was [...]

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I’ve broken my personal omer record

I cannot honestly remember the last time I actually made it this far in the omer counting, like most post yeshiva types who don’t attend shul too often – I’m usually on top of the counting until Pesach ends at which point I stop being reminded by the Rabbi to count and usually remember on [...]

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Macy’s and Israel

At the turn of the twentieth century, two of the wealthiest and most famous men in America were a pair of Jewish  brothers named Nathan and Isidor Straus. Owners of R.H. Macy ‘s Department Store and founders of the A&S(Abraham & Straus) chain, the brothers were multimillionaires, renowned for their philanthropy and social activism. In 1912, the [...]

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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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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

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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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 Observe Shloshim

Shloshim is a 30 day period of mourning following an intense week of Shiva. Some of the restrictions observed during the shiva week do not apply to shloshim anymore. Mourners can now leave the house and resume working. However, they are still restricted from attending social gatherings and festive occasions. They should also refrain from [...]

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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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Visiting a Jewish Gravesite

Visiting the gravesite is a way of showing our respect to the departed. While visiting the cemetery anytime after the grave marker has been erected is allowed, there are certain days when it is appropriate to visit the graves of our loved ones. It is especially appropriate to visit on the last (7th) day of [...]

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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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A Consoling Thought

Stories for Times of Mourningby Rabbi Greenwald ZeevTranslated by: Steinberg Bennie An uplifting and comforting collection of stories to help console and give perspective on loss. This sensitive book can offer inspiration to mourners during their most challenging times as they read how our great Sages throughout history conducted themselves when dealing with similar situations. [...]

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Consolation

The spiritual journey beyond griefby Rabbi Maurice Lamm In this, his sequel to the best-selling The Jewish Way in Death and Mourning Rabbi Lamm helps mourners not just get through their grief, but also grow through it. He gently steers mourners on the path that allows their sorrow to teach them important lessons about life. [...]

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Death and Bereavement

A Halakhic Guideby Rabbi Abner Weiss, Ph.D. Everyone hopes that this book will never be needed, but everyone knows that it will be - and when the time comes, it is indispensable. Of all the books on the Jewish outlook on death and bereavement, probably none is as complete as this one. It covers the [...]

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Jewish Insights on Death and Mourning

by Jack Riemer As Jack Riemer demonstrates in this collection of Jewish resources for mourning and healing, the Jewish tradition has much to offer those who seek its help in time of need. Here are personal as well as practical writings by contemporary authors about the Shivah period, Kaddish, Yizkor, Yahrzeit, and less familiar practices [...]

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Mourning in Halachah

The Laws and Customs of the Year of Mourningby Rabbi Chaim B. Goldberg For generations, people have wanted a book that sets forth the laws of mourning clearly and accurately, citing relevant sources and the customs of various communities in Israel, America and Europe. The Hebrew ‘P’nei Baruch’ filled that need. Now after painstaking translation, [...]

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When a Grandparent Dies

A Child’s Own Workbook for Dealing with Shiva and the Year Beyondby Nechama Liss-Levinson Ph.D. Ages 8-12 The death of a grandparent is often a child’s first encounter with grief. Why did this happen? What should I do? How do I feel? This workbook helps children to participate in the process of mourning, and overcome [...]

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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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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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Julia’s Kitchen

Cara Segal is a born worrier. She figures her worrying works like a whisper in God’s ear – if Cara’s concerned about car crashes, kidnappings, or murders, she lets God know, and he always spares her. But Cara never thought to worry about a fire. And one night while she’s sleeping at a friend’s house, [...]

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Beyond the Tears: Helping Jewish Kids Cope With Death

Eugene I. Kwalwasser Publisher: Pitspopany Press Young people have no experience with death and mourning. They need guidelines, a sense of direction, a path that will give them comfort even as they express their anger, frustration, and suffering. Unfortunately, many parents are at a loss as to how to explain the end process of life [...]

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When a Grandparent Dies: A Kid’s Own Remembering Workbook for Dealing With Shiva and the Year Beyond

Nechama Liss-Levinson Publisher: Jewish Lights Drawing insights from both psychology and Jewish tradition, this workbook helps children participate in the process of mourning, offering guided exercises, rituals, and places to write, draw, list, create, and express their feelings. Available in hardcover

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Consolation: The Spiritual Journey Beyond Grief

Maurice Lamm Publisher: JPS For most of us, mourning is something to be endured. We are often merely passive spectators of our own pain, and we see our grief period as a grim mountain that we must climb over. But for Maurice Lamm it can be much more. Bereavement, he says, can often be an [...]

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Mourning In Halachah

Rabbi Chaim Binyamin Goldberg, Rabbi Meir Zlotowitz (editor), Shlomo Fox-Ashrei (translator) Publisher: Artscroll The Laws and Customs of the Year of Mourning. For generations, people have wanted a book that sets forth the laws of mourning clearly and accurately, citing relevant sources and the customs of various communities in Israel, America and Europe. The Hebrew [...]

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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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