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Is it permitted to watch TV during shivah?

It is inappropriate to watch television during Shivah, because during this period one is not supposed to distract oneself from mourning. After Shivah, for...

Can a suicide victim be buried in a Jewish cemetery?

We do not bury one who has committed suicide in a cemetery together with other Jews; instead he or she is buried in an area of the cemetery removed from...

Why are all the mirrors covered in a shivah-house?

The covering of mirrors in the shivah-house is a custom. One of the reasons for this custom is because it is improper to pray in front of...

What is said upon receiving news of someone's passing?

When one's immediate relative (i.e father, mother, sister, brother, son, daughter or spouse) passes away the following blessing is said: "Boruch...

What do I say when going to a shivah-house to console a mourner?

When consoling a mourner, we say: "HaMakom yenachem etchem b'toch sha'ar availay Tzion VeYerushalayim" [The Omnipresent One should...