Sitting Shiva

'Sitting shiva' is a term used to describe the action of Jewish mourners participating in the traditional rituals of observing a shiva. During the period of shiva, mourners sometimes sit on low stools or boxes while they receive condolence calls. This is where the phrase “sitting shiva” comes from, and it is a practice that symbolizes the mourner being “brought low” following the loss of a loved one. For seven days, the family members of the deceased gather in one location – typically their own home or the home of the deceased – and mourns the loss in a variety of ways. This section will help guide you during this difficult time and inform those unfamiliar with the customs and traditions of Jewish mourning.

3 Ways to Support a Family Sitting Shiva

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Mourner's Kaddish

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