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Is it appropriate to make a Shivah visit on Shabbat?

by Rabbi Naftali Silberberg

  

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Shabbat is a day designated for joy and pleasure, a day when we do not focus on mourning. In fact, Shivah is almost completely suspended in honor of Shabbat, with all public displays of mourning forbidden for the duration of the day.

For this reason, it is customary to refrain from making shivah calls on Shabbat.1

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  • 1. This is not to say that in the course of conversation one cannot acknowledge the mourner's loss on Shabbat. In fact, ignoring the subject may cause the mourner anguish -- which certainly isn't a desired emotion for Shabbat.

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Shabbat
(pl: Shabbatot). Hebrew word meaning "rest." It is a Biblical commandment to sanctify and rest on Saturday, the seventh day of the week. This commemorates the fact that after creating the world in six days, G-d rested on the seventh.