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Why do mourners tear their clothing?

Tearing one’s clothing, especially in front of a crowd, is a powerful expression of pain and sorrow. The practices involved in Jewish mourning do...

What is Yizkor?

You remain connected to those you were close to, even after they pass on. Judaism sees a dynamic relationship between family members in this life and...

What are the rules for the Shabbat during Shivah?

The basic rule regarding Shabbat is that while all public displays of mourning are forbidden, inconspicuous laws of mourning remain in effect.1 •...

Do children follow the laws of mourning after the loss of a parent, G-d forbid?

Children under the age of bar/bat mitzvah do not practice any of the laws of mourning.1 There are two exceptions to this rule: 1) Young children do...

When does Shivah start and end?

Shivah begins as soon as the burial is completed,1 and it lasts for seven days. However, these are not seven complete days. The day of the burial...

How long after a divorce or the death of a spouse may the surviving spouse remarry?

A woman who is divorced (i.e. she received a Get [Jewish divorce document]) or widowed, must wait ninety days (not including the day of death/divorce, or...

What are the do's and don'ts for sitting Shivah?

Torah provides comfort and solace during bereavement and acts as a guiding light, particularly when the Torah guidelines for mourning are...

Does a mourner dance by hakafot on Simchat Torah?

In the Code of Jewish Law, this issue is not explicitly discussed. It is stated that a mourner should not participate in the circling of the bimah by...

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

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:...

Does a mourner wear tefillin?

When Ezekiel was told by G-d not to mourn for the death of his wife,1 he was instructed:2 "Be silent from groaning, do not practice rites of mourning...