Bereavement in Judaism

Bereavement In Judaism

Bereavement in Judaism

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Bereavement in Judaism () is a combination of minhag (traditional custom) and mitzvah (religious obligation) derived from Judaism's classical Torah and rabbinic texts. The details of observance and practice vary according to each Jewish community.

Upon receiving news of the passing

Upon receiving the news of the passing, the following blessing is recited:



Transliteration: Barukh atah Adonai Eloheinu melekh ha'olam, dayan ha-emet.


Translation: "Blessed are You, Lord, our God, King of the universe, the True Judge."


There is also a custom of rending one's clothes at the moment one hears news of a passing.

Orthodox men will cut the lapel of their suit on the left see Bereavement_in_Judaism#Keriah and Shiva re left for parents, right side for other relatives side, over the heart. Non-orthodox practice may be to cut a necktie or to wear a button with a torn black ribbon.

Chevra kadisha

The chevra kadisha (חברה קדישא "holy group") is a Jewish burial society usually consisting of volunteers, men and women, who prepare the deceased for proper Jewish burial. Their job is to ensure that the body of the deceased is shown proper respect, ritually cleansed and dressed in shrouds.

Many local chevra kadishas in urban areas are affiliated with local synagogues, and they...
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