The Jewish period of mourning, shiva, is typically one week long — unless it overlaps with a Jewish holiday. What were the rabbis thinking?
“Waiting around for a funeral feels very weird.”
“If you have the right type of Jewish burial, you’re ready for what happens to us in the afterlife.”
One of the last things on my mind was how I would say Kaddish for my father, but the more I learned about it, the more meaningful it felt.
It was the last time in now two months I’ve bought food from a store. (My dad was in the hospital for two weeks. I could not visit.)
Zoom shiva is all of the shiva and none of the fuss. It’s not “virtual” shiva. It is shiva. I could have used a hug, but still.
It broke my heart being apart from my sister, and we missed out on all those baked goods, but everything else … was pretty awesome.
“It will be harder for you to be in prison than it was for me to be in a concentration camp.”
As communities across the country institute social distancing protocols to prevent the spread of COVID-19, it’s nearly impossible to sit shiva.
I paid a shiva call Friday morning. It was the most natural thing I could think of to do, the right thing, the only thing.