The First Time I Sat Shiva–With My Baby

Sam and I have been together for almost five years, but Jewish memorial services and sitting shiva are still a new ritual for me.  Attending memorial services and shiva are a completely different experience with Jack. The first time I went to sit shiva with Sam, was about a year and a half ago. I […]

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Liz and baby Helen

Mourning, Friendship and the Future

There is a way to mourn in Judaism and then there is what really happens over the years

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Jewish Mourning: A Lesson for My Newborn

When I was 8 years old I had a good friend who lived around the corner from me. His name was Nachshon. We took the same school bus to school and at the Orthodox Yeshiva we attended we were in the same class. I went to his house often after school to play video games […]

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A Jewish Guide to Shiva Practices and Helping Your Friend in Mourning

When a friend or loved one experiences loss, it can be hard to know how to support them. If that loved one is Jewish, and you are unfamiliar with Jewish mourning practices, it can be even harder to help. This video from G-dcast explains mourning rituals within Judaism and offers advice about how to help […]

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Finding a Way Through Grief

When her mother-in-law died, Faye turned to Jewish culture to find a way to comfort her non-Jewish husband.

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Mourning on a Schedule

A brief overview of how Jewish mourning changes one week, one month and one year after a loved one’s death.

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Three Days of Shiva and a Catholic Mass

Her father had jettisoned his Judaism; she converted to reclaim it. Now he was dead–how would she mourn him?

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