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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.

Workplace

Times of grief and loss can be especially difficult for employers and employees to manage.

How Sitting Shiva Can Help

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Mourner's Kaddish

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Preparing the Shiva House

There are many traditional rituals and customs of Jewish mourning and sitting shiva. Some peopl...
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