Mourn

Jewish Prayer for the Sick: Mi Sheberakh

A healing prayer for when a loved one is suffering.

The Jewish Funeral, or Levaya

A Jewish funeral is held as quickly as possible after death and usually includes readings, a eulogy, and a special memorial prayer.

The Basics of Kriah, or Tearing a Piece of Clothing

The ancient practice of tearing clothes is a tangible expression of grief and anger in the face of death.

How to Give a Jewish Eulogy (Hesped)

This speech honoring the deceased is an important ancient Jewish custom.

The Mourner’s Kaddish: A Memorial Prayer in Praise of God

What you need to know about this Jewish prayer recited in memory of the dead.

Jewish Funerals: What to Expect When You Go

Bad news, unfortunately, travels fast. It can be helpful to know in advance what to do when attending a Jewish funeral.

Judaism and Suicide

Taking one's life is officially a violation of Jewish law, but many contemporary rabbis recognize that most suicides result from struggles with mental illness.

Finding Balance Between Mourning and Living

There is deep wisdom in the way the biblical figure Aaron mourns the loss of his sons.

Yizkor: The Jewish Memorial Service

Yizkor is recited four times a year during holiday synagogue services.

Comforting Jewish Mourners: Nihum Avelim

Respect for the deceased, kindness and concern for those who mourn.

How To Create Your Own At-Home Kaddish Minyan

Every Tuesday for a year, we came together — for a memorial service, yes, but also to experience Jewish community in a new way.