Dayle Friedman’s older sister was her life-long mentor Her last lesson? How to face illness and death with dignity and courage.
When Tal Trachtman Alroy experienced a death in the family, she came to understand firsthand that for Jews, empathy is often expressed through food.
When Henrik Eger attended a shiva for the first time, he expected to find a family in mourning. Instead he found young Jews watching porn in the basement.
The suffering of characters in David Grossman’s latest novel, ‘Falling Out of Time,’ becomes achingly real on the page. Its language is so poetic, it sounds like liturgy for mourning rituals.
Shiva used to be a strictly choreographed week of mourning. Many families now wrap things up in three days, with catered deli food, some smiles and little solemn prayer.
American Jewish groups issued warm remembrances of Mandela as news of his death at the age of 95 spread on December 5. But those same organizations have had a complicated relationship with the former South African president.
Some 40,000 people participated in a memorial for Rabbi Ovadia Yosef in Jerusalem at the end of the mourning period.
At the start of the Jewish New Year, Simi Lichtman finds herself contemplating the death of the father she barely knew, and her obligation to mourn for him.
Grieving for a loved one is fiercely challenging. Doing so as a woman, guided by Jewish laws, can be comforting or restricting, or both. Here, readers share their stories.