Jewish communities have come a long way in understanding suicide. But more can be done to normalize the conversation.
There is no Jewish roadmap for how to properly mourn pets, nor any universal law or tradition for how to close the circle of a pet’s life.
Forty-one years ago, Samuel G. Freedman was sitting shiva for his mother when a surprising visitor came to call.
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.