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Someone passed away during the festival, when does the family start sitting Shivah?


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Rabbi Yossi T: Bienvenidos Welcome. Un minuto ya lo atiendo. I'll be with you in a moment...

Jason: if a person has passed away today [Ed. Note: during the festival of Sukkot],and the funeral is due to take place tommorow, when do the family start sitting shivah and why?

Rabbi Yossi T: hi

Rabbi Yossi T: after sucot and simchat Torah ends

Rabbi Yossi T: there is no public mourning on a holiday

Jason: would this mean that ones sits shivah after Simchat Torah, that evening

Rabbi Yossi T: yes

Rabbi Yossi T: starting that night

Rabbi Yossi T: for 7 days1

Jason: how come you can have a funeral on Chol Hamoed and not sit shivah on chol hamoed

Rabbi Yossi T: cant leave a body so long

Rabbi Yossi T: its not respect for the dead

Jason: Thank you

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  • 1. Outside of Israel there is a Rabbincally added day to the Holiday. This last day of the Holiday counts as the first day of Shiva (although no mourning is practiced) and one mourns for 6 days after the Holiday.


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Torah is G–d’s teaching to man. In general terms, we refer to the Five Books of Moses as “The Torah.” But in truth, all Jewish beliefs and laws are part of the Torah.
A seven day autumn festival commemorating the miracle of the Heavenly Clouds which enveloped the Jews while traveling in the desert for forty years. On this holiday we dwell in makeshift booths and shake the Four Species.
Simchat Torah
An extremely joyous one-day autumn festival following the holiday of Sukkot. In Israel it is the eighth day of Sukkot, outside of Israel it is celebrated the next day, the day after Shmini Atzeret. Every Sabbath we read a portion of the Torah. On this holiday we celebrate the completion of the yearly cycle.
Chol Hamoed
(lit. "mundane [days] of the festival"), the intermediate days of the Festivals of Passover and Sukkot. On these days many of the holiday work restrictions are lifted.