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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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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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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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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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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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