Article Discussion: How to Pay A Shiva Call

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August 26, 2013 at 2:32 pm #18089

Rabbi Robyn Frisch

There are no laws as to what kind of food can be brought to a shiva house. The one thing you should know about is whether or not the family keeps kosher (i.e., observes the Jewish dietary laws). If they do, you want to be sure that any food you bring into their house has a heksher (kosher certification) that is acceptable to them. And you want to find out if the meal for which you are bringing food will involve meat, in which case lasagne (which is dairy) would not be okay. But assuming there are no issues relating to kashrut (dietary laws) then lasagne is a great option. When you bring in the lasagne, I\\\\\\\’d suggest putting your name on the container or a card attached to the container so the mourners will know who it is from. Also, be sure to mark your name on the container if you want to get it back.

December 17, 2013 at 3:18 pm #20035


Thank you for this article. My firnd’s mom just passed and she flew to New York for the funeral and to sit shiva. I was looking for a way to let them know I am thinking of them that aligns with their faith and traditions.

July 13, 2014 at 1:52 am #20354


I appreciate Bob’s addendum. Very useful info.

May 29, 2016 at 9:00 am #21806

David Jackson

I lost my wife suddenly a few days ago. I wish my Church had the Shiva tradition.

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