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Mourning Noah Pozner, the Jewish Boy Whose Life Was Taken too Soon

Six days after the funeral of six-year-old Noah Pozner, his family is taking stock of the gifts sent to them by strangers all over the world. There’s a stiff teddy bear in a brown overcoat and hat accompanied by a note from a woman who says the bear gave her great comfort when her mother […]

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May God Comfort All Who Mourn

Still reeling from yesterday’s shocking attack on a young rabbi and his two sons in front of a Jewish school in Toulouse, France. Reports say that the gunman shot into the cluster of children and adults in front of Ozer Hatorah school from a motorbike and may have been wearing a video camera around his […]

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Kever Rachel

There is a certain mysterious aura about Kever Rachel. What is the magnetic pull that draws so many Jews to pray there? Why was Rachel not interred in Me’arat Hamachpeila? According to Rashi, she was buried on the way so that the Jews being led to exile could pray at her grave. In Parshat Vayeitzei, […]

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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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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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First Person Grief

Last year I wrote a lot about my experiences mourning for my mother. It was an intense and exhausting year, and it still feels very raw to me, though her yahrzeit was in August. Last night I was babysitting a baby who threw up, and then was given the baby equivalent of Ensure. When my […]

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The Blessing of a Broken Heart

by Sherri Mandell Koby Mandell was just thirteen-years-old on May 8th, 2001, when he and his friend, Yosef Ishran, cut school to go hiking. Their bodies were found the next day. The boys had been brutally stoned to death in a cave in the heart of the Judean desert. The extreme cruelty of this act […]

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Living a Year of Kaddish

A Memoirby Ari L. Goldman The day after Ari Goldman celebrated his fiftieth birthday his father died of a heart attack, and Goldman began the ritual year of mourning required by Jewish law. There were the obligations (the daily recitation of kaddish in a synagogue quorum of ten), the prohibitions (no listening to music or […]

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The Blessing of a Broken Heart

by Sherri Mandell Koby Mandell was just thirteen-years-old on May 8th, 2001, when he and his friend, Yosef Ishran, cut school to go hiking. Their bodies were found the next day. The boys had been brutally stoned to death in a cave in the heart of the Judean desert. The extreme cruelty of this act […]

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The Blessing of a Broken Heart

by Sherri Mandell Koby Mandell was just thirteen-years-old on May 8th, 2001, when he and his friend, Yosef Ishran, cut school to go hiking. Their bodies were found the next day. The boys had been brutally stoned to death in a cave in the heart of the Judean desert. The extreme cruelty of this act […]

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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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Maelstrom

by Ruth Halevi Life has been bumpy lately for the Reinitz family. Mourning the loss of her beloved mother, Chaya Reinitz takes her elderly father into her home. But Sabba Chaim can’t abide the presence of Tzvika, the 12 year old boy the Reinitzes are fostering. What deeply buried incident in the past will finally […]

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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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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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Living a Year of Kaddish

ri L. Goldman Publisher: Schocken Books The best-selling author of The Search for God at Harvard continues his spiritual quest in this heartfelt and poignant account of the year he spent saying kaddish for his father. The day after Ari Goldman celebrated his fiftieth birthday his father died of a heart attack, and Goldman began […]

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The Blessing of a Broken Heart

Sherri Mandell Publisher: Toby Press Koby Mandell was just thirteen-years-old on May 8, 2001, when he and his friend Yosef cut school to go hiking. Their bodies were found the next day. The boys had been brutally stoned to death in a cave in the heart of the Judean desert. The extreme cruelty of this […]

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