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What is Kaddish?

Kaddish is a prayer of praise and sanctification of G-d. The Talmud declares allegorically that when Jewish people enter their synagogues and Houses of...

For how long is Kaddish recited following the passing of a family member?

A person recites Kaddish Yatom (Mourner's1 Kaddish) for a departed father or mother for 11 months.2 These are Jewish calendar (lunar) months. In a...

How long are torn clothing worn as a sign of mourning?

Rabbi Mendy Chitrik: Hi! How may I be of assistance?Fiona: hi, my grandfather passed away last week Rabbi Mendy Chitrik: my condolences. must have been a...

Why do we have a SEVEN day period of intense mourning for a deceased family member?

The concept of a seven-day mourning period was instituted by Moses.1 While the Torah does not mandate a seven-day mourning period (it is considered a...

Can I say kaddish for someone if my parents are still alive?

Rabbi Latowicz: Welcome. I'll be with you in a moment... Matt: Shalom Rabbi Latowicz: hi Matt: I have a question regarding a grandchild saying...

Is there an obligation to sit Shivah if one is belatedly informed about a death in the family?

This depends on many factors:Complete Shivah must be sat if one finds out within thirty days of the passing. This is the case even if everyone else in the...

Does a mourner have to switch places in the synagogue?

Rabbi Naftali Silberberg: Hi. How can I help you? InMourning: I just finished sitting Shivah after my mother, and I was informed that I must now sit in a...

Is it appropriate to make a Shivah visit on Shabbat?

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...

Life After Death: Moving Forward After Mourning

It is natural to ask the question “why?” in a time of anguish. One general answer, which is really self-evident though often hard to accept in...

What is forbidden for a mourner during shloshim?

Shloshim (Hebrew for 30) refers to the first 30 days of mourning an immediate family member. During this time: 1. It is forbidden to attend a wedding.2....