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Can a pregnant woman attend a funeral?

  

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Rabbi Eliezer G: Welcome to the Rabbi's one on one chat room, how can I help you today?

soontobemom: are there rules around pregnant women attending a funeral?

Rabbi Eliezer G: yes

soontobemom: my wife is a teacher in xxxx... she was asked to attend a "wake" I suppose you would call it.. .for a student

Rabbi Eliezer G: a pregnant woman - a woman with life burgeoning in her womb - should not be surrounded by death, such as at a funeral or in a cemetery

Rabbi Eliezer G: this is not a prohibition; just a tradition based on sound tradition and Kabbalistic reasons*

soontobemom: she's conflicted because she hasn't told those at her school that she's pregnant

Rabbi Eliezer G: if it will cause her much anguish to be denied, she may enter

Rabbi Eliezer G: since she can cause her fetus more damage through her anguish then through the presence of death

soontobemom: ok

Rabbi Eliezer G: but when she considers the reasons for this tradition she herself may become its greatest advocate

Rabbi Eliezer G: that depends on her, but the reasons ought to be presented to her so that she has a chance to make an informed choice

soontobemom: wow... thank you for the help... this is an amazing service...

Rabbi Eliezer G: your welcome

Rabbi Eliezer G: Thank you for visiting Ask Moses today and I invite you to come back at any time


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Halachic
Pertaining to Jewish Law.
Moses
[Hebrew pronunciation: Moshe] Greatest prophet to ever live. Led the Jews out of Egyptian bondage amidst awesome miracles; brought down the Tablets from Mount Sinai; and transmitted to us word-for-word the Torah he heard from G-d's mouth. Died in the year 1272 BCE.
Kabbalistic
(adj.) Pertaining to Kabbalah—Jewish mysticism.