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Why say someone 'passed away' instead of 'died'?

Question: I was wondering why the term 'passed away' is often used, and not 'died'. This seems to skirt the issue of what is really...

May I still speak to my relative who passed away?

Question: When a family member dies, can I contact him/her through the grave? If so, by what means? Answer: It is indeed painful when a family...

Why is a deceased body never left alone?

Rabbi Shlomo: Welcome. I'll be with you in a moment...what's on your mind? CKJunior: why is a deceased body never left alone? Rabbi Shlomo: From...

Can a Kohen remain with a dying person?

A Kohen must exit a building if there is a dying person present. It is forbidden for him to postpone leaving until after the demise. This obviously...

What procedure is followed by family immediately after a relative dies?

When a loved one dies we feel sorrow and grief. These reactions are both normal and healthy. When death takes a loved one, life seems empty and the future...

What's the deal with wearing the shoes of a deceased person?

The Sefer Chassidim1 says that one shouldn’t wear the shoes of one who has passed away. However, this rule has been interpreted in different ways:...

How do I explain death and afterlife to my ten year old son?

Death can be explained as being similar to a promotion or new placement. Many times a working person is moved by his employer to a new office, or even a...

If the righteous are annually inscribed in the Book of Life, how do they die?

Rabbi Shlomo Chein: Welcome. I'll be with you in a moment...what's on your mind? Ofnat: I have a rosh hashanah question Rabbi Shlomo Chein:...

Is suicide forbidden under all circumstances?

To commit suicide is forbidden by Jewish Law, except for certain circumstances which we will address shortly. The Torah states: "However, your blood...

What is the Jewish view on capital punishment?

Capital punishment, or dinei nefashot in Hebrew, is mentioned early on in the Torah in regard to punishment for murder: immediately after the flood, G-d...